“The goal of the program is to help our students become more competitive for faculty positions. Fellows will receive support in preparing all elements of the faculty application and interview,” said Anjli Kumar, administrative research manager for the engineering school.
Tracy Volz, director of the school’s Engineering Communications Program, will aid fellows in preparing their written statements, curriculum vitae and faculty interview presentation. The dean of engineering
and chair of the fellow’s department will conduct mock faculty interviews and provide feedback to strengthen interview skills.
Fellows will attend workshops designed to support them as they prepare for faculty interviews. To enhance teaching skills, fellows will complete a practicum in which they teach or co-teach a course within their discipline. The Center for Teaching and Excellence
will provide training and observation evaluations. A monetary award of $4,000 will support each fellow for speaking at conferences and university seminars.
Rice Engineering has named its first 11 fellows including third-year Ph.D. student Michael Weylandt.
Weylandt's research interests include computational statistics, machine learning for high-dimensional time series, and graphical models with applications to finance and neuroimaging. He has served as a mentor for multiple Google Summer of Code projects for the R Project for Statistical Computing. He worked for two years in the Quantitative Research group at Morgan Stanley Investment Management, holds a B.S.E. in operations research and financial engineering from Princeton University and is the recipient of an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.