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Brooks Automation Develops New Fellowship Supporting Diversity in STEM Fields

Brooks Is the First Company to Sponsor a Ph.D. Student

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Brooks Automation is the first company to sponsor a UML Ph.D. student in STEM.


Longtime corporate partner Brooks Automation, a life sciences and semiconductor solutions company in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, has established a $240,000 fellowship to support a student from an economically challenged background pursuing a Ph.D. in a STEM field.

Brooks will sponsor a Ph.D. student at $80,000 annually over three years, says David Jarzynka, president of the company’s semiconductor division. The fellowship will allow a student to focus solely on their Ph.D. classes and research. Ideally, the Brooks Automation Fellow will work at the company or purse a career in academia after graduation. The company hopes to grow the number of fellowships in the future.

This is one of many partnerships between Brooks and UML, as part of a wider effort to both build a pipeline of talent for the company and help deserving students. The company sponsors three senior industrial capstone projects with engineering students each semester through its semiconductor division, which makes robot, vacuum and automation systems for manufacturers of silicon chips.

Brooks also supports RAMP — a summer program for diverse, first-year students — as well as a laboratory on campus and internships. Individuals within the company — including CEO Steve Schwartz and some engineers — have also personally shown their commitment to UMass Lowell by lending their industry expertise on college and department advisory boards.