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Dr. Walden C. (BSE Met.E. ’68) and Paula H. Rhines have recently provided a gift of endowment to establish the Frederick N. Rhines Fellowship Fund. Dr. and Mrs. Rhines established this fund in honor of Dr. Rhines’ father, Dr. Frederick N. Rhines (BSE ChE ’29), and will support graduate students in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. This gift qualifies for the Bicentennial Opportunity Matching Initiative.

Since 1993, Dr. Rhines has served as the CEO and chairman of Mentor Graphics, a leader in worldwide electronic design automation. He is a recognized spokesperson for the semiconductor and electronic design automation industries with over 40 years of experience in this field. His father, Dr. Frederick N. Rhines was an engineering professor at the University of Florida. He founded the Department of Materials Science and received the prestigious 1972-73 Scholar of the Year award by the University of Florida.

Dr. Rhines expressed, “My father and I both graduated from the College of Engineering, with degrees in Chemical/Metallurgical Engineering. We have both been grateful for the high quality education UM provided and the doors it opened for exciting careers built upon a foundation in materials science and engineering. I’m pleased that my wife and I can express our gratitude to the College by funding some of the education of future students.”

About Michigan Engineering: The University of Michigan College of Engineering is one of the top engineering schools in the country. Eight academic departments are ranked in the nation's top 10 -- some twice for different programs. Its research budget is one of the largest of any public university. Its faculty and students are making a difference at the frontiers of fields as diverse as nanotechnology, sustainability, healthcare, national security and robotics. They are involved in spacecraft missions across the solar system, and have developed partnerships with automotive industry leaders to transform transportation. Its entrepreneurial culture encourages faculty and students alike to move their innovations beyond the laboratory and into the real world to benefit society. Its alumni base of more than 75,000 spans the globe.