ECE News Story
ECE Undergrads Honored at Clark School Awards Ceremony
The ECE Department’s Outstanding Academic Performance Award, presented to juniors for academic excellence, was awarded to computer engineering major Scott Watson and electrical engineering major Dilshan Godaliyadda.
Scott Watson has maintained a 4.0 GPA at UMD and earned his University Honors program citation. He is a Clark School ambassador, member of the Robotics Club, Terp Runner Club and Eta Kappa Nu member. He has interned at Black and Decker during the summers. This summer, he and his fellow Robotics Club students will compete in a national competition held in San Diego to successfully design an autonomous underwater vehicle.
Dilshan Godaliyadda is currently a member of Etta Kappa Nu, the ECE Honor Society. He has maintained a 4.0 GPA at UMD. He is a transfer student from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore where he was president of the IEEE student chapter. He has worked as an undergraduate research assistant and tutor.
The ECE Chair’s Award, presented to senior students for outstanding academic performance, was awarded to Kyle C. Beckhardt, Imran Shamim , John M. Wyrwas, and Travis M. Young.
Kyle Beckhardt, an electrical engineering major, has maintained a 4.0 GPA at UMD and earned his University Honors program citation. He is a member of the Gemstone program and IEEE. He was inducted into Phi Kappa Phi and Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society. He plans to work at Argon ST in digital signal processing upon graduation before attending graduate school.
Imran Shamin has maintained a 4.0 GPA at UMD, majoring in electrical engineering with a minor in physics. He is a member of IEEE. He has worked as an undergraduate research assistant in several labs and has co-authored several journal publications. He also served as an undergraduate teaching fellow for the Programming Concepts for Engineers course. He plans to attend graduate school at MIT to pursue a Ph.D. after graduation.
John Wyrwas has maintained a 4.0 at UMD pursuing a double major in electrical engineering and physics. He earned his University Honors citation. He is a member of the Hinman CEOs program and earned second place in the 2006 MTECH business plan competition. He is a member of Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society. He also enjoys ballroom dancing at Maryland. He plans to attend graduate school at UC-Berkeley to pursue a Ph.D. in quantum optics after graduation.
Finally, Maria Cowan, a member of the ECE class of 2010, received the Keystone Design Challenge Award for her work on a team that won a competition to build an autonomously controlled hovercraft that completes a specified course in the minimum amount of time.
Photos from the event can be seen at: http://www.ece.umd.edu/News/images/07_undergrad_awards/.
April 20, 2007