Andrew Bates awarded Fulbright Scholarship to study in Sweden

Published: Apr 13, 2016 11:00:00 AM
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Andrew Bates
Andrew Bates

Andrew Bates, a senior in Auburn University’s Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Honors College, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study in Stockholm, Sweden for the 2016-17 academic year.

“The Fulbright award is an acknowledgment of Andrew's hard work and his potential for future accomplishments,” said Melissa Baumann, assistant provost and director of the Honors College. “He is an outstanding representative of Auburn University, and we send him off to Stockholm with sincere wishes for great success.” 

An Alpharetta, Georgia native, Bates will conduct research under the guidance of Andrew Martin, professor in the Department of Energy Technology at KTH Royal Institute of Technology. Bates’ work will include the development and design of sustainable, low-cost methods for water purification for communities throughout the developing world.

"I am excited to have this research and travel opportunity and look forward to meeting new friends from around the world,” said Bates.

Among his many activities and achievements, Bates was the lead engineer for the university’s sustainability study abroad program in Fiji in the summer 2015. He serves as a Cupola Engineering Ambassador for the College of Engineering and is the recipient of the college’s O’Neal Austin Best Student Design Award. In the community, Bates is a volunteer with Servants in Faith and Technology. He also serves as the director of the Loachapoka food pantry, a partner of the Auburn Wesley Foundation where he is a small group leader.

Sponsored by the U.S. government, the Fulbright Scholarship Program is a highly selective, merit-based award designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and those of other countries. The program provides an opportunity for participants to conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.