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Ferris Faculty Member Awarded Fellowship from Society of Petroleum Engineers

Joe JoyceJoe Joyce, a faculty member, coordinator and advisor for Ferris State University’s Industrial Technology and Management program, has been awarded the Society of Petroleum Engineers Star Fellowship award for the Eastern North American Region of the United States.

Joyce was presented the award during the 2012 SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition in October in San Antonio, Texas.

“Earning this prestigious award is another indicator of the hard work and those resulting opportunities that I have been fortunate enough to be able to attain both professionally and personally,” Joyce said. “As one of only three recipients in the Eastern North American region, I am very thankful and humbled to have received such an award.”

The SPE’s Star Fellowship program provides assistance to graduate students pursuing a Ph.D. in oil, gas and other petroleum-related fields. Joyce is pursuing a Ph.D. in Technology with a concentration in Engineering Management from Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti.

The award will help Joyce complete his doctoral studies. In addition to a plaque/certificate and permanent membership into SPE’s Educational Foundation, the fellowship provides $10,000 toward tuition and fees, distributed over three years or until graduation.

“This award also helps to further validate my transition into teaching full-time from industry, which has, in turn, allowed me to give back to others by way of my work here at Ferris,” he said.

“Ferris helped me achieve this award by providing faculty like myself with such great resources as the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning, great hard-working personnel within our individual colleges and administration, and having a belief that teaching is just as valued as research, if not more, as this often may not occur at other universities.”

Joyce started at Ferris as an adjunct faculty member in the ITM program in Fall 2005. He accepted a full-time faculty position in Fall 2008 and was promoted to program coordinator in Spring 2010.

SPE annually awards more than $1 million in scholarships for undergraduates and fellowships for graduate students in its 15 regions around the world.