Kathleen F. (MPH ’71) and Shyam R. (PhD ’73) Suchdeo have endowed the Professor Jerome S. Schultz Fellowship Fund, which will support graduate students in the Department of Chemical Engineering. Dr. and Mrs. Suchdeo established this fund in honor of Professor Schultz, former chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering, and hope it inspires fellow alumni and friends of the Department to make gifts for the same purpose. This gift qualified for the Bicentennial Opportunity Matching Initiative.
On establishing this fellowship fund, Dr. Suchdeo states, “In 1968, I came from Chicago to study towards a doctoral degree in Chemical Engineering, and made Michigan Engineering my home, despite not knowing anyone. When I left Ann Arbor in 1974, I had been richly rewarded. Thanks to a fellowship I received, I had the opportunity to work with renowned faculty and become immersed in the great culture that is a trademark of Michigan. In the spirit of the opportunity granted to me, the Jerome S. Schultz Fellowship Fund will provide financial support to incoming graduate students. It’s been over forty years since I left Ann Arbor, yet Michigan has never strayed far from my mind and heart.”
Dr. Suchdeo has served many years with Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., a leading company that provides industrial gases and related equipment to technology, energy, medical and industrial markets worldwide. As committed alumni to the University of Michigan, Dr. and Mrs. Suchdeo have also endowed the Dr. Jacob M. Geist Memorial Scholarship Fund in 2015, which supports undergraduate students in the Department of Chemical Engineering. They reside in Ormond Beach, Florida.