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UIS graduate student receives FMC Fellowship Award

May 18, 2006

SPRINGFIELD – Brad Stevenson, a graduate student at the University of Illinois at Springfield, has received a Graduate Fellowship from Chicago-based FMC Technologies, Inc.  Stevenson, a student in the MBA program offered by UIS in Peoria, will receive $9,000 for the 2006-2007 academic year.

FMC graduate fellowships are made to outstanding students in business administration, engineering, or related fields in recognition of noteworthy achievements. Students are nominated by their program advisers and final selections are made by representatives of FMC, the U of I, and the U of I Foundation.

Stevenson is currently employed at the Caterpillar Mossville Engine Center where he is in charge of environmental affairs. He was nominated for the award by Paul McDevitt, interim director of the MBA program and associate professor of Business Administration at UIS.

Said McDevitt, "Brad's professional career and his academic career both attest to his outstanding qualifications, and he has clear and ambitious career goals. Six of his last eight years at Caterpillar have been in environmentally related management positions. With his training in biology and aspirations in management, he hopes to facilitate a successful transition of the company's diesel engine business over the next 20 years as the greenhouse movement and gas-reduction legislation mandate the redesign of products and services."

McDevitt continued, "Our faculty characterize Brad as a deep thinker, both disciplined and focused.  His preparation is thorough and diligent, and he listens and considers before speaking his mind.  His quiet leadership style has earned him the respect of his colleagues."

Stevenson's career with Caterpillar spans eight different functions in four business units, and has included hourly, salaried, and management positions. He is a 6 Sigma Black Belt, a prestigious industry designation that signifies senior-level qualifications for managing continuous improvement throughout the full corporate spectrum of products-to-services and manufacturing-to-transactions.

Stevenson earned a B.S. in biology from Drake University in 1996. He began his studies in UIS' MBA program in fall 2005 and maintains a 4.00 grade-point average in the program.

The UIS Peoria MBA format is designed to meet the needs of students who are employed full-time, but wish to complete degree requirements in a timely manner. Courses are offered so that it is possible for students to complete degree requirements in 21 months.

The FMC Educational Fund (formerly the Link-Belt Educational Fund) was established in 1963 by U of I alumnus Bert Gayman, who donated a large block of company stock to the U of I Foundation.


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