This scholarship was established to honor Ralph K. Hillquist, a retiree from General Motors Proving Grounds, and is funded by the SAE Noise & Vibration Conference and related activities. Hillquist was the founder of the conference, and served on its general committee. Contributions to this scholarship fund may be directed to the SAE Foundation.
Applications will be judged on the basis of academic performance and leadership activities, with additional consideration given for special study or honors in the field of the award.
Provide two (2) Letters of Recommendation - one (1) that focuses on academics and one (1) that outlines involvement in extra-curricular activities or employment
Applicant must be a Mechanical Engineering Major or majoring in a related automotive discipline focusing on automotive development, design, and testing
Applicant should be grounded in system dynamics (at least sophomore or junior level), strength of materials, system optimization or controls, experimental methods or instrumentation, fluid dynamics, heat transfer, and vibration, acoustics, or noise control
Applicants should have a strong background in the areas of dynamics, vibration, control, modeling, and acoustics through course work, extra-curricular/club activity, internships or employment