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The William Flies Science and Engineering Fellowship

[PDF] Flies Fellowship Brochure (60 KiB)


Dr. Brian Groh, Flies Fellow, and Intern, Erin Vespestad


To benefit student learning by encouraging knowledge exchange between Minnesota State University, Mankato faculty and industry science and engineering experts.


  • Encourage faculty members to gain application experience by working in industry.
  • Provide an opportunity for industry science and engineering experts to become involved in the university student learning environment.


  • Enhance understanding of current workplace culture and issues within their discipline
  • Experts will engage students through a series of seminars, career discussions, and/or topical presentations showcasing a project within the company that has relevance to the course.
  • Create a richer instructional environement.
  • Develop closer CSET collaborations with industry, business, and health care organizations


The Flies Fellowship proposals will be submitted on or before April 15th. Depending on the scope of the proposed project, the award(s) range from $5,000 to $7,500.

The Fellowship award will be paid to the faculty member, or used to purchase adjunct replacement for course release. Faculty may negotiate a match from industry to fund additional course release. It is understood that fellowship recipients must maintain Minnesota State Mankato employment for one year following the award.

To Apply

First time applicants will receive special consideration

The application materials must include:

  1. A maximum two page description of the proposed science and/or engineering project, complete with budget justification.
  2. A justified time table (non-instructional and sabbatical days are eligible).
  3. An explanation of how the fellowship experience will benefit students.
  4. A supporting letter from the company's CEO (or designee) that (1) supports the proposal and addresses the proprietary nature of the work, and (2) allows the faculty to use som aspect of the experience in the classroom.
  5. A proposed schedule for the industry science and/or engineering expert to have direct student contact as outlined in the above stated outcomes.
  6. A statement recognizing that intellectual property rights are retained by the participating company

Review Process

Each faculty proposal will be submitted to his/her department chair for signature and forwarded to the dean’s office. The dean will convene a screening committee comprised of college representatives to review the proposals. The screening committee will forward recommendations to the dean for a final decision. To increase the number of faculty participants, first time applicants will receive a scoring advantage.

The participant will be required to submit a final report to the Dean within one month after the completion of the project. The report will include a plan for continued industry involvement and advice for future projects. After final reports are submitted, projects will be assessed using a peer-review process.

William Flies

B.A. Math and Physics, '64

"The philosophy I wish to encourage by establishing the William Flies Science and Engineering Fellowship is quite simple: select a faculty member dedicated to excellence, with a proven record of achievement, and match that person with an industry opportunity. The Fellow will bring back to the classroom leading-edge, hands-on applications learned from the industry perspective.

"It is my hope that this program will secure for Minnesota State University, Mankato an opportunity for eligible faculty in the College of Science, Engineering and Technology to experience a combination of benefits. Those benefits, having unlimited possibilities, will not only further partnerships with industry but will also involve industry in the education of our future leaders."

                              --William Flies