Five scholarships are now available for minority students, thanks to a gift made by Hughes Network Systems (HNS) to the Department of Electrical Engineering this spring. The scholarship funding will be used to recruit undergraduate minority students who are interested in pursuing either a
computer or electrical engineering degree.
“HNS is interested in promoting careers in engineering among bright, talented minority candidates,” said John Kenyon, Senior Vice President for Engineering at Hughes. Kenyon is also member of the Department of Electrical Engineering’s advisory board. “HNS would like to see the department grow,” said Kenyon, “selectively and carefully, to produce more MSEE and BSEE graduates, while continuously improving the quality of the graduates.”
In addition, Hughes sees UMCP as its most fertile recruiting site for graduates in both software and hardware engineering, according to Kenyon.
“The UMCP EE department has shown to HNS a grasp of the realities of commercial telecommunications product development, and the role of a modern research institution in the post Cold War era,” said Kenyon. “The UMCP, and the college of engineering in particular, understand the role of a university in facilitating the growth of the telecommunications industry in the state of Maryland.”
The Germantown-based Hughes Network Systems, a unit of Hughes Electronics, is a networking company dedicated to providing products and services to build and operate digital communications networks worldwide. Hughes is extensively involved with the university through funded research, scholarships, internships, equipment purchases and technical support. Specifically, Hughes promotes research in the areas of software engineering, transmission, networks, protocols, and man-machine interfaces.
“This wonderful support from Hughes Network Systems will enable the Clark School to continue to attract the most talented minority students to our engineering programs,” said William Destler, dean of the A. James Clark School of Engineering.
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