Scholarship Recipients

SMRP is proud to acknowledge the following scholarship recipients for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Legacy of Excellence Scholarship 

William Fredebeil
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
B.S. Honors Mechanical Engineering

William Fredebeil is a senior at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, majoring in Honors Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Reliability and Maintainability Engineering and Business Administration. He currently serves as the president of the Mortar Board and is the MindSET Community Service Chair for the Tau Beta Pi. He also serves as a student ambassador for the College of Engineering where he helps prospective students with guided tours. After graduation, he plans to pursue an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering or an M.B.A. 

SMRP Scholarship

Daniel Hess
Auburn University
B.S. Chemical Engineering

Daniel Hess is a senior at Auburn University studying Chemical Engineering, Nuclear Power and Tribology. He is involved in many organizations at Auburn, including the Auburn Student Government Association, Phi Kappa Phi, Tau Beta Pi, Omicron Delta Kappa and the Mortar Baord. Daniel is originally from Birmingham, Alabama, and after graduating he will commission in the Navy as a nuclear propulsion officer aboard submarines. He is an experienced hiker and camper and supports Auburn as a cheerleader. 

SMRPCO Dorothy and Jack Nicholas Scholarship 

Fahad Izhar
University of Maryland
M.E. Reliability Engineering

Fahad Izhar is a graduate student at the University of Maryland, College Park studying Reliability Engineering. He previously completed his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from UET Lahore, Pakistan and Master's in Reliability Engineering from Monash University, Australia. Izhar has over seven years of experience applying his knowledge to work as a reliability engineer in petrochemcial and fertilizer plants, and has earned his CMRP certification from SMRP.

Higher Standards Scholarship

Payman Dehghanian
Texas A&M University
Ph.D. Electrical Engineering

Payman Dehghanian has been pursuing his Ph.D. at Texas A&M University since 2012. He received a Bachelor of Science Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Tehran in 2009 and his Master of Science degree from Sharif University of Technology in 2011. His research interests include electric power system reliability, asset management and maintenance.


Collin Phillips
Auburn University
B.S. Mechanical Engineering

Collin Phillips is a junior at Auburn University studying Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Tribology. He is focusing his studies to learn how to prevent energy losses due to friction and heat. Originally from Mobile, Alabama, Collin has spent time with Chevron as a designs engineering intern and as a tribologist intern, studying motor oil additives to improve engine reliability and increase engine life.


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