Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

2005-06 Undergraduate Student Awards

EECS Awards

Senior Outstanding Achievement Award
     Cody Hartwig, CE
     Robert Gaunt, CS
     Albert Chen, EE
Outstanding Research Award
     Daniela Marquez, EE
     Chee Keong Tee, EE
Outstanding Service Award
     Nupur Srivastava, EE
     Jack Li, EE
William L. Everitt Student Award of Excellence
     Andrew Chang, EE
     Daniel Feldman, CS
     Catherine Tamarelli, CE
William Harvey Seeley Prize
     Brent Climans, EE
Junior Scholars
Senior Scholars

College of Engineering Awards

Distinguished Achievement Award
     Patrick Macnamara, CE
     Dinkar Jain,CS
     Song Liang Chua, EE

Marian Sarah Parker Award (Nupur Srivastava)
Mildred and Steele Bailey Prize (Chee Keong Tee)
Charles F. Barth Jr. Distinguished Class Prize (Jacky Lo)
Undergraduate Distinguished Leadership (Cody Hartwig)
Tau Beta Pi Award (Jack Li)


EECS Awards

Senior Outstanding Achievement Award

Cody Hartwig, CE

Cody Hartwig served as president, vice president, and bridge correspondent of HKN. He participated on the EECS Undergraduate Committee, and has provided assistance whenever asked with special projects having to do with departmental events involving students, such as Tech Day.

Cody maintained an excellent GPA, and spent summer internships at Microsoft Corporation, Silicon Graphics, Inc., and at U-M, where he developed a database front-end for the Radiation Laboratory to be used as a landscape simulator. He also worked as an Instructional Aide in Operating Systems.


Senior Outstanding Achievement Award



Robert Gaunt, CS


Robert Gaunt is a double major in Computer Science and Mathematics. He was a member of the 2005 ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) Programming Team, and participated in the 2005 Microsoft College Puzzle Challenge, placing 9th out of 170 teams. Robert maintained an excellent GPA, and was a J.B. Angell scholar. During the summer, he has worked as a programmer for JHA Simulations, and as a network steward for North Campus Co-ops.


Senior Outstanding Achievement Award



Albert Chen, EE

Albert Chen maintained an extremely high GPA during his three years at U-M. He has greatly impressed faculty with his intellectual curiosity and prowess. He worked as an engineering intern in powertrain control electronics for Visteon Corporation, and as a researcher for the EECS Center for Wireless Integrated Microsystems. He completed an independent research study, titled Circuits and Energy Scavenging for Capacitive Pressure Sensors.

Albert has been active in Tau Beta Pi, earning the Outstanding Electee Award, and serving as Corresponding Secretary. He is a member of HKN, and served as a volunteer tutor at the EECS Learning Center. He was a teaching assistant for EECS 306 (Signal Processing II).


Outstanding Research Award



Daniela Marquez, EE

Daniela Marquez is a double major in Electrical Engineering and Sound Engineering, Performing Arts Technology. She is a co-author on a paper entitled Iterative Deepening for Melody Alignment and Retrieval, which was presented at the 2005 International Conference on Music Information Retrieval. She has worked summers as an intern with the Digital Audio Group for Analog Devices, Inc., as a aritime Surveillance Aircraft engineering intern for Lockheed Martin, and as a Building Fire Research Lab Engineering Aid for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

Daniela is an accomplished performer as a keyboardist and trombonist, and is a member of the Audio Engineering Society Executive Committee. She has been very involved in activities with St. Mary's Student Parish, and has volunteered during the summer providing housing and other assistance to communities in rural West Virginia through Nazareth Farm Work Camp. She is pictured in the Colosseum in Rome, taken during her trip to Europe after graduation. Daniela will begin working full time with the Digital Audio Group for Analog Devices in August.


Outstanding Research Award



Chee Keong Tee, EE

Chee Keong Tee, also known by Benjamin by friends and colleagues, majored in Electrical Engineering and did a minor in Mathematics. For his work with Professor David Martin in the Martin Research Group, he is co-author on several papers currently being submitted to different professional journals and has posters that were presented in Michigan and elsewhere. He is also working with Professor Lingjie Guo on nano-fabrication using Focused Ion Beam (FIB) techniques.

In addition to excellent academic performance, Benjamin is co-founder and president of College Scope, co-founder and executive board member of the Society of Global Engineers, and is on the executive committee for the Singapore Students Association. He has been a site leader for North Campus Service Day, participated in Alternate Spring Break, and has been a volunteer at the EECS Learning Center for nearly two years. For his active involvement in campus community and beyond, Benjamin was awarded the Honor Cord by the College of Engineering.


Outstanding Service Award

Nupur Srivastava, EE

Nupur Srivastava has been a key member of the CoE Academic Mentoring Program (AMP). She has contributed greatly in several areas of this program, notably with students of lower-than-average GPA. She also initiated workshops on how to deal with video game addiction among students and on how to stay motivated throughout ones education.

Nupur was a member of the EECS Undergraduate Committee, and a strong advocate for peer mentoring in the department, which will be initiated Fall 2006. Nupur was also an important member of the CoE Undergraduate Student Advisory Board, and instituted several initiatives as part of this group, including mid-term teaching evaluations. She is a member of several other organizations, including Secretary for the Society of Women Engineers, President of the Hindu Students Council, and she is a Residential Advisor. Nupur volunteers regularly, has been a tutor in Detroit elementary schools, and raises money for tribal schools in India.

Nupur has been a technical intern, Occupancy Weight Sensor team for Texas Instruments, a technical intern, Digital Gas cooktop for General Electric, and a student research assistant for the U-M Microwave Geophysics Laboratory.


Outstanding Service Award



Jack Li, EE

Jack Li founded the Society of Prehealth Engineers (SOPE) in 2004. He was a co-chair of the Engineering Career Fair 2005, President of the Michigan Gamma Chapter of Tau Beta Pi (TBP), and Engineering Senior Class President of 2006. He has served as the undergraduate representative on the Student Research Advisory Board and has spent a significant amout of time volunteering at U-M Hospitals, and at the Delonis Center Homeless Shelter in Ann Arbor.

Jack has been a research assistant with the U-M Medical School's Biological Chemistry Department since 2004. He has been an intern with Inovo Technologies, GE Healthcare, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and has worked with the U-M NSF Center for Wireless Integrated Microsystems.

Jack intends to go to medical school, and has been accepted at U-M. Read more about Jack in the article about him printed in The University Record Online, May 6, 2006.


William L. Everitt Student Award of Excellence - EE

 
Andrew Chang


Andrew Chang is interested in the areas of atmosphere, energy, and environmental sustainability, and plans to pursue a Ph.D. degree in Environmental Engineering at Stanford University to study the effects of mitigating atmospheric pollution through renewable energies and energy efficiency, with the goal of creating positive change in the communities most affected by air pollution, including communities in developing countries worldwide. He said his dream "is to use engineering, education, and compassion to create positive change throughout our world."

Andrew has been involved with several student groups, including UMEC as External Vice President, HKN, the Nat. Assoc. of Engineering Student Councils, and he co-founded the Engineering Collaboration for the Arts (ECA), with the purpose of building relationships among music, art, and engineering students. He has received numerous scholarships, and was awarded the CoE Distinguished Leadership Award in 2004.

In addition to being a lab instructor for EECS 270, he has worked as a Vehicle Environmental Engineering intern for Ford Motor Company, and worked in a Product Quality Engineering Co-Op for General Electric. He was a lab research assistant for the Neural Engineering Lab and the Microwave Geophysics Group. He currently works for the Accenture Technology Labs in Palo Alto, CA.

Andrew is committed to making a positive difference in the world, which has led him to participate in a variety of volunteer activities worldwide, including working in the fields of Human Rights and HIV/AIDS as a volunteer for Amnesty International in Thailand. He said that he has been constantly inspired by friends, family, and the wonderful faculty at U-M. He would like to especially thank Dr. Anthony England, Dr. Fawwaz Ulaby, Dr. Herbert Winful, Dr. Charles Behling, Lisa Payton, and all his friends and colleagues for all their help, guidance, and inspiration throughout the wonderful years at Michigan.


William L. Everitt Student Award of Excellence - CS



Daniel Feldman

Daniel Feldman sees computers as having a remarkable potential for helping people, and is very interested in the connective abilities of the internet and social computing. He is a film minor who closely follows the advances in entertainment technology.

He is a member of HKN, CS Scholars, a board member of Volunteers in Action, and an alumni board member of Michigan Community Scholars Program. He was 3D workshop director for SIGGRAPH in 2004.

Daniel has used his web expertise to establish a home business online, and to create a website for students to share movies. He has spent summers as a camp counselor, and says, "I love my kids, I love the job." Daniel has also taught tennis to youth, and umpired for the U.S. Tennis Association Tournaments. More recently, he has worked as an assistant programmer for Inner Circle edia in Ann Arbor, and as a post production assistant for the film company, Tribeca Labs in NY. He is currently at Apple Computer.


William L. Everitt Student Award of Excellence - CE



Catherine Tamarelli

Catherine Tamarelli combines her expertise in information technology with an interest in the finance industry through her current work as a research assistant in the Program in Financial Engineering. She enjoys reading business magazines, and with the help of her EECS background, understanding the impact of the technical advancements described in many of the featured companies.

She is currently Vice President of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), co-chairing their career fair this past year, The Epeians Engineering Leadership Honor Society, the South Asian Awareness Network, and is a U-M mentor.

Catherine has been an Information Management Leadership Program Intern at GE Healthcare, and a Project Manager Intern at DaimlerChrysler Corporation. She is currently an intern at Goldman Sachs (summer 2006).


Junior Scholars

This award is given to declared Junior Students with GPA 3.8 or greater

Bhargav Avasarala (EE)
Christopher Berry (EE)
Pak Chan (EE) 
Paul Cooper (CE)
Anthony DeFilippo  (EE)
Matthew Fojtik (CE)
Kayle Hinkle III (CS)
Wei Bing Koh (EE) 
Victor Lee (EE) 
Bobby Li (EE) 
Jacky Lo (CE)
Felix Loh (EE) 
Neil Lydick (CS)
Han Wei Leslie Peh  (EE)
Han Yong Lester Peh (EE) 
Bryan Phelps (EE) 
Sabino Pietrangelo (EE) 
Jeffrey Rogers (CS)
Steven Santure (CS)
Huan Soo (EE) 
Joseph Steinmeyer  (EE)
Mark Swiderski (EE) 
Liheng Tang (EE) 
Brian Timm (CS)
Matthew Tomes (EE) 
BoQiang Xiao (EE) 
Michael Yang (EE) 
 

Senior Scholars

This award is given to declared students with 3.9 GPA or greater. The number of non-transferred EECS credits, number of A+'s received in those courses and total number of credit hours are also considered.

Song Liang Chua  (EE)
Jeffrey Deryke (CS)
Joseph Flint (CS)
Robert Gaunt (CS)
Adam Goodman (CE)
Brent Higgins (CS)
Eaman Jahani (CE)
Edwin Kek (EE) 
Daniel Lingenfelter  (EE)
William Loh (EE) 
Yee Ng (EE) 
Don Nguyen (EE) 
atthew Pizzimenti (CS)
Rajiv Prabhaker (EE) 
ichael Quinn (EE) 
Simon Roberts (EE) 
Brianna Satinoff (CE)
Bradley Schmidt (CS)
James Shuster (EE) 
Adam Sonnanstine  (CS)
Jeffrey Sterniak (CE)
Kwan Tan  (EE)
Qun Tan (EE) 
Yaojin Tham  (EE)
ichael Turner (CS)
Justin Valley (EE) 
Jionglin Wu (EE) 
Eric Wucherer (CS)


College of Engineering Awards

Distinguished Achievement Award - CE



Patrick Macnamara

Patrick Macnamara is a recently-graduated computer engineering major who has maintained an excellent GPA throughout his four years at U-M. His interests lie in the areas of discrete event systems, control, signal processing, and network security. He worked as an intern for the NSF Network for Computational Nanotechnology, and presented his results at a Symposium. He has also worked as a summer intern with the U-M NSF Center for Wireless Integrated Microsystems, and for the U-M Discrete Event Systems Group.

Patrick was webmaster for the Solar Car Team, treasurer and webmaster for a political student organization, a group leader for Tau Beta Pi, and a CS scholar.


Distinguished Achievement Award - CS



Dinkar Jain

Dinkar Jain was a computer science major who has maintained an excellent GPA of 4.0 throughout his three years at U-M. He is also in the Global Leadership (EGL) Honors Program. He is interested in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, and their applications to E-commerce and Financial Markets. He explored these interests working the past 2 summers at Amazon.com, where he helped launch the DVD rentals business in Germany.

Dinkar held a variety of positions with UMEC, including External Vice President, during which time he led a campus-wide project called "State of the College" to improve the connection between students, student leadership, and administration. He is a member of CS Scholars, and a Resident Advisor at Mary Markley Hall, where he oversaw about 160 students over three years, and helped new students become acclimated to U-M.

Dinkar is a published and award-winning poet. He delighted fellow students, faculty, and staff by reciting his poetry at the Annual EECS Fall Bash.
 

Distinguished Achievement Award - EE



Song Liang Chua

Song Liang Chua was an electrical engineering major who recently graduated, and is now in the graduate program in electrical engineering at MIT. He maintained an excellent GPA throughout his four years at U-M.

Chua has done impressive work in his courses and in directed research with faculty members, and is co-author of a presentation for the 2005 Materials Research Society entitled: Electrical Properties of Ferroelectric/ZnO Heterostructures.

Song Liang served as an intern at the Defense Science & Technology Agency (DSTA) in Singapore, and as a section commander in the Singapore Armed Forces. He is a member of HKN, The National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and the U-M K-grams. He was a tutor for the EECS Learning Center.


Marian Sarah Parker Award

Nupur Srivastava

Nupur Srivastava, undergraduate student in electrical engineering, has been a key member of the CoE Academic Mentoring Program (AMP). She has contributed greatly in several areas of this program, notably with students of lower-than-average GPA. She also initiated a project on how to deal with video game addiction among students. Nupur was a member of the EECS Undergraduate Committee, and a strong advocate for peer mentoring in the department, which will be initiated Fall 2006. Nupur was also an important member of the CoE Undergraduate Student Advisory Board, and instituted several initiatives as part of this group, including mid-term teaching evaluations. She is a member of several other organizations, including Secretary for the Society of Women Engineers, President of the Hindu Students Council, and she is a Residential Advisor. Nupur volunteers regularly, has been a tutor in Detroit elementary schools, and raises money for tribal schools in India.

Nupur has been a technical intern, Occupancy Weight Sensor team for Texas Instruments, a technical intern, Digital Gas cooktop for General Electric, and a student research assistant for the U-M Microwave Geophysics Laboratory.


Mildred and Steele Bailey Prize



Benjamin Chee Keong Tee

Chee Keong Tee, also known by Benjamin by friends and colleagues, majored in Electrical Engineering and did a minor in Mathematics. For his work with Professor David Martin in the Martin Research Group, he is co-author on several papers currently being submitted to different professional journals and has posters that were presented in Michigan and elsewhere. He is also working with Professor Lingjie Guo on nano-fabrication using Focused Ion Beam (FIB) techniques.

In addition to excellent academic performance, Benjamin is co-founder and president of College Scope, co-founder and executive board member of the Society of Global Engineers, and is on the executive committee for the Singapore Students Association. He has been a site leader for North Campus Service Day, participated in Alternate Spring Break, and has been a volunteer at the EECS Learning Center for nearly two years. For his active involvement in campus community and beyond, Benjamin was awarded the Honor Cord by the College of Engineering.


Charles F. Barth Jr. Distinguished Class Prize



Jacky Lo

Jacky Lo is a computer engineering major, who has already participated in a wide variety of activities in his first few years at U-M. He is a member of the Solar Car Team, was Welcome Day Committee Chair for UMEC, is a peer mentor for United Asia American Organization, and is a pen pal and BOOKmark for K-grams. For the children's program K-grams, Jacky sends letters to, and visits regularly, elementary school students. Jacky also participated in Alternative Spring Break.

He maintains a high GPA, and has worked for U-M's Information Technology Central Services (ITCS) as a computer consultant.


Undergraduate Distinguished Leadership



Cody Hartwig

Cody Hartwig served as president, vice president, and bridge correspondent of HKN. He participated on the EECS Undergraduate Committee, and has provided assistance whenever asked with special projects having to do with departmental events involving students, such as Tech Day.

Cody maintained an excellent GPA, and during the summers was an intern at icrosoft Corporation, Silicon Graphics, Inc., and at U-M, developed a database front-end for the Radiation Laboratory to be used as a landscape simulator. He also worked as an Instructional Aide in Operating Systems.


Tau Beta Pi Award



Jack Li

Jack Li founded the Society of Prehealth Engineers (SOPE) in 2004. He was a co-chair of the Engineering Career Fair 2005, President of the ichigan Gamma Chapter of Tau Beta Pi (TBP), and Engineering Senior Class President of 2006. He has served as the undergraduate representative on the Student Research Advisory Board and has spent a significant amout of time volunteering at U-M Hospitals, and at the Delonis Center Homeless Shelter in Ann Arbor.

Jack has been a research assistant with the U-M Medical School's Biological Chemistry Department since 2004. He has been an intern with Inovo Technologies, GE Healthcare, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and has worked with the U-M NSF Center for Wireless Integrated Microsystems.

Jack intends to go to medical school, and has been accepted at U-M. Read more about Jack in the article about him printed in The University Record Online, May 6, 2006.