Born in 1896, Benard Maas achieved success in Detroit's auto part supply industry and dedicated himself to giving away his fortune. This fellowship gives both tuition and stipend support to our PhD students.
Travis is a Ph.D. candidate in economics at the University of Michigan. His research interests are in industrial organization and mechanism design. He has studied and researched how mechanisms and regulation can induce optimal behavior from economic actors, for example, how auction rules can illicit otherwise hidden information. In addition, Travis has an interest in how market structure and product characteristics impact a market participant's behavior, including innovation and investment decisions, mergers, and collusive actions. Before starting at Michigan, Travis investigated complex microeconomic and financial issues in the context of supporting expert witness testimony as an analyst at Cornerstone Research in Washington, D.C. Travis earned a B.A. in Economics and Mathematics from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.