Senior mechanical engineering student Chika Eke has been awarded a prestigious graduate research fellowship from the National Science Foundation. Eke, of Sacramento, Calif., has accepted an offer to join the master’s program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The fellowship includes a $34,000 annual stipend for each of three years, and an additional $12,000 is awarded for each of three years to MIT to help cover tuition and other expenses. Eke plans to obtain a master of science in mechanical engineering and pursue research that applies biomechanics to the design of rehabilitation technology. Her goal is to complete her thesis through MIT Media Lab’s Biomechatronics Group, which uses advanced prosthetic, orthotic, and exoskeletal design to restore function to individuals who have impaired mobility due to trauma or disease.
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