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Gayle E. and David A. Plecha Scholarship Fund endowed

The fund will provide support to undergraduate students in the Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering| Short Read
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As committed alumni to the University of Michigan, Gayle E. (Horst) Plecha (BSE IOE ’83) and David A. Plecha (BSE IOE ’83) have recently endowed the Gayle E. and David A. Plecha Scholarship Fund within the College of Engineering. The fund will provide support to U-M Industrial and Operations Engineering (IOE) undergraduate students, and their preference is that the scholarship be awarded to students with demonstrated financial need.

Mr. and Mrs. Plecha met as undergraduate students in the Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering. As undergraduate students, both of them were recipients of scholarship support and worked on-campus in residential dining halls. Considering their backgrounds, Mr. and Mrs. Plecha attribute their career success to the problem-solving skills they learned while attending the University of Michigan, and they share a desire to invest in future generations of Michigan Engineers.

Currently, Mrs. Plecha serves as the Parish Administrator at St. John Fisher Catholic Church in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, and Mr. Plecha is the Global Head of Fixed Income at Dimensional Fund Advisors.  They have two daughters, and reside in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.

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