WESTWOOD–A new scholarship in honor of Professor William “Bill” Klug has been created by the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering.
Klug was a UCLA associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering who was killed in June 2016 by a former doctoral student. Chancellor Gene Block recently announced the Bill Klug Memorial Scholarship Fund via email to UCLA students on the anniversary of the June 1 murder-suicide. He is survived by his wife Mary Elise and his two children.
The scholarship is aimed to support UCLA undergraduate students in mechanical and aerospace engineering. Block stated that Klug prepared students to be exceptional engineers and conducted very crucial research.
“(Klug) was intellectually curious, caring and patient, and he represented the very best of UCLA,” said Block.
The department chair for mechanical and aerospace engineering, Christopher Lynch, indicated that the fund will help those interested in the research that Klug conducted and was passionate about. Students will need to demonstrate academic excellence and be an active member in the UCLA community.
The Bill Klug Memorial Scholarship Fund was started with donations from Arconic, an engineering company, and the UCLA’s Chancellor’s Centennial Scholar’s Match which raises funds for undergraduate scholarships by matching donor investments.
The scholarship fund is currently accepting donations on its website.