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Pre-doctoral Fellowship in Environmental Management

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The Vanderbilt Center for Environmental Management Studies (VCEMS) at
Vanderbilt University is continuing to accept applications (beyond the
January deadline) for the Bridgestone/Firestone Fellowship in Environmental
Management beginning in Fall 1998.

Bridgestone/Firestone, Inc. and the Vanderbilt Center for Environmental
Management Studies (VCEMS) are pleased to announce the availability of the
Bridgestone/Firestone Fellowship in Environmental Management for the
1998-1999 academic year.  The Fellowship supports a student studying for
the Ph.D. in Environmental Management at Vanderbilt University in
Nashville, Tennessee for a term of three years.  During the term of the
Fellowship, the Fellow, generally a student with a previous professional
degree (Master’s, JD) pursues a customized course of study towards the
Ph.D.  In addition, the Fellow works actively at Bridgestone/Firestone’s
corporate headquarters in Nashville.  The Fellowship covers tuition and
fees and offers a monthly stipend to the incumbent.  Preference will be
given to applications received before January 15, 1998; applications will
be considered until the position is filled.

Bridgestone/Firestone, Inc.

Nashville-based Bridgestone/Firestone, Inc. (BFS) is the largest subsidiary
of Bridgestone Corporation of Japan, the world’s largest tire and rubber
company.  Bridgestone/Firestone develops, manufacturers, and markets
Bridgestone, Firestone, Dayton and private brand tires for almost every
type of vehicle.  In the United States, BFS tires are sold at 1,500
company-owned stores and by more than 8,000 independent tire dealers.  The
company also produces Firestone air springs, roofing materials, synthetic
rubber, and industrial fibers and textiles. 

Bridgestone/Firestone operates a total of 16 tire plants and 20 non-tire
manufacturing facilities in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil,
Argentina, Venezuela and New Zealand. BFS has annual sales of more than
$6.5 billion and a total investment in North and South America of more than
$6 billion.  More than 45,000 employees produce and market approximately 50
million tires each year. 

Bridgestone/Firestone is at the forefront of world tire technology. Nowhere
has BFS’ technological emphasis been more apparent than on the racetrack.
Bridgestone/Firestone revived the Firestone Indy Car program in 1995.  The
very next year, Firestone drivers won both the Indy 500 and the US 500
races, the sport’s premier events.  In 1997, Firestone won 19 of 25 races
and captured both the IRL and CART series championships.  Bridgestone
entered Formula One competition in 1997 and in 1998, Dayton tire will be
the official tire of the Indy Lights racing series.


VCEMS is one of the seven research centers of the Vanderbilt Institute for
Public Policy Studies (VIPPS).  VCEMS promotes and develops partnerships
among industry, government and academia to study the relationship of
environmental policy to business management and operations.  The center is
a Vanderbilt University system-wide initiative jointly led by the School of
Engineering, the Owen Graduate School of Management and VIPPS. Faculty from
other schools at Vanderbilt--Medicine, Law, and the College of Arts and
Sciences--participate in center projects.  VCEMS is funded by a combination
of unrestricted gifts and sponsored research. 

VCEMS provides the guidance and support for the interdisciplinary study of
environmental    business, policy, and technology issues. The Center brings
faculty members and students together from various disciplines for
collaborative study and research on topics such as environmental
risk assessment, management and communication, policy analysis, civil and
criminal liability, environmentally conscious manufacturing and technology
management, and global environmental issues and business development.
Participating faculty include Mark D. Abkowitz (Management of Technology),
Mark A. Cohen (Management), Frank L. Parker (Civil and Environmental
Engineering), and Clifford S. Russell (Economics).

The Bridgestone/Firestone Fellowship

Bridgestone/Firestone is a leader in the development and implementation of
tire technology.  In addition to the research center in Akron, Ohio, BFS
draws on the global technological strength of the Bridgestone Group which
has technical centers in Tokyo and Rome.  The company emphasizes research,
comprehensive testing and continuous improvements in manufacturing to
produce innovative, market driven products.

Bridgestone/Firestone has also achieved leadership in the management of
environmental issues company-wide.  Most notably, BFS has integrated its
environmental, legal and technical specialists into one corporate
environmental management group.  This consolidation of the diverse
professional disciplines into a single, well-coordinated effort has
delivered major cost savings and operational efficiencies.  The
Bridgestone/Firestone Fellow will carry on this tradition of excellence in
environmental management by working closely with the General Counsel
Environmental and his staff, plant environmental coordinators and other BFS

In addition to pursuing academic studies, the Fellow is expected to take an
active role in applying principles learned in the classroom to real-world
problems at BFS.  For example, the Fellow might work on individual projects
in the corporate environmental law department, might analyze pollution
prevention projects in BFS tire plants or might conduct risk analysis of
the transportation operations which supply BFS’ extensive retail network.
During the Fall and Spring semesters, the Fellow is available to BFS 10-15
hours per week; during the Summer term, the Fellow is full time (40 hours
per week) at BFS.

The Ph.D. in Environmental Management is offered through the graduate
school's interdisciplinary studies program and customized to the interests
of the student and his or her faculty advisory committee.  The
Bridgestone/Firestone Fellow is expected to complete a core curriculum of
14 courses (42 semester hours) that provide a foundation in economics, law,
engineering, management and public policy. In most cases, students entering
with a professional degree (Master’s, JD) will be able to transfer and/or
place out of a significant number of these courses. Additionally, the
faculty advisory committee may adjust this list based on the interests and
needs of individual students, current course offerings and alternatives
that fulfill the same basic purpose.  The degree requires a total of 72
semester hours of credit; roughly one-third of this credit is achieved in
dissertation research or individual readings classes, one-third in formal
coursework and one-third in transfer credit from the student’s first degree

The combination of applied work at BFS and doctoral-level studies at
Vanderbilt is designed to help the Fellow become expert in mastering the
conception and implementation of environmental management solutions built
on sound foundations.  Graduates of VCEMS have gone on to careers in
multinational corporations, environmental management consulting and academe.

How to Apply
Time is of the essence in applying for the Fellowship!  Applicants from
diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.  Current students involved
with VCEMS have backgrounds in engineering, economics, divinity, management
of technology, business administration and law.  To receive application
materials, please contact VCEMS by voice, fax, mail or email at:

1207 18th Avenue South
Nashville, TN  37212

Phone: (615) 322-8004
Fax: (615) 322-8081
email: VCEMS@ctrvax.vanderbilt.edu

First preference in the review of credentials will be given to students
whose completed applications arrive at VCEMS’ offices by January 15, 1998;
review of applicants will continue until the position is filled.

A Completed Application Packet Includes the Following:

Send (or have sent) to the Graduate School, 411 Kirkland Hall, Nashville,
TN  37240:
· Vanderbilt University Graduate School Application Form;
· Two official copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts bearing the
seal of your school’s registrars;
· GRE test score formal report (Vanderbilt’s school code is 1871; no
department code is required)

Send (or have sent) to VCEMS at the address above:
· A resume or curriculum vitae;
· A business writing sample such as a project proposal, a memo reporting
findings, a research report, a brief, or a background document (please do
not send confidential or privileged materials);
· Three letters of recommendation (mailed to VCEMS by your referees);
· A photocopy of standardized test scores (applicants who have not yet
taken the GRE but have taken another standardized test within the last five
years (GMAT, LSAT, MAT) are encouraged to submit the scores pending the GRE

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Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of
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