Grad students earn scholarships from facility management group

Janice Freeman

Zhu Kehui

Ying Yang

Three graduate students at Texas A&M pursuing facility management certificates were awarded scholarships by an international FM foundation based on the students’ essays, leadership skills and letters of professional intent.

Janice Freeman and Kehui Zhu, Master of Construction Management students, and Ying Yang, a Master of Architecture student, received $2000 each from the International Facility Management Association, which aims to advance higher FM education, build FM knowledge and support FM talent.

Each student also received a complimentary registration package, including out-of-pocket-expenses, for the 2012 IFMA World Workplace Annual Conference Oct. 31 – Nov. 2 in San Antonio.

“I’m proud that three Texas A&M students will be there to receive their scholarships and represent the College of Architecture and the Certificate in Facility Management,” said Sarel Lavy, certificate coordinator.

Freeman’s long-term goals include consulting with federal, state or local governments to establish and implement building performance and sustainability guidelines with the aim of making large-scale changes in how facilities affect the environment and people’s health and well-being.

Zhu plans on starting a firm offering consulting services in construction project management and facility management including project planning, lifecycle project management and construction project information technology.

Yang, who plans on becoming a building energy consultant, is researching heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems as an assistant researcher at Texas A&M’s Energy Systems Lab.

posted September 25, 2012