Engineering Student Becomes Second UT Austin Rhodes Scholar for 2015

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University of Texas at Austin student Sai Gourisankar, a Plan II and chemical engineering senior, has been awarded a 2015 Rhodes Scholarship, one of the most distinguished graduate scholarships in the world. He becomes the 30th UT Austin student to receive the award and the second this year.

Established in 1903, Rhodes Scholarships are postgraduate awards supporting outstanding students for two years of study at the University of Oxford. Approximately 83 scholarships are awarded to exceptional students across the world each year.

As a Rhodes scholar, Gourisankar will focus on mathematical modeling, scientific computing and theoretical physics. After completing his two years at Oxford, Gourisankar plans to return to the United States to pursue a Ph.D. in chemical engineering. He is particularly interested in understanding and solving problems at the intersection of chemical engineering and mathematics.

“We are incredibly proud of Sai and excited about what he will accomplish over the next two years at Oxford,” said Sharon L. Wood, dean of theCockrell School of Engineering. “He is one of the Cockrell School’s most outstanding students, and he has exemplified the value of a multidisciplinary engineering education.”

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