Capstone Design Winners, Faculty and Student Honors Celebrated at Spring Awards Banquet

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 12:00pm

Texas ECE held the Spring Awards Banquet Monday. May 7, 2018 at the Connally Ballroom in the Alumni Center to recognize graduating students, exceptional students and faculty, and present awards. The keynote address was delivered by Texas ECE alumna Aruna Viswanathan, COO of AlphaX Decision Sciences, LLC.

Texas ECE recognized the Top Teaching Awards which go to the best Teaching Assistants from the previous academic year, as well as the Margarida Jacome Outstanding Dissertation Prize. The Texas ECE Undergraduate Advisory Board also selected the faculty members chosen as the best faculty members by students from each year of current students. Two new awards were also awarded to graduating undergraduates: The Undergraduate Leadership Award and the Undergraduate Achievement Award. Finally, the winners of the Capstone Design Showcase were announced and honored.

View this photo gallery of the event and award winners

The list of award winners follows:

Margarida Jacome Outstanding Dissertation Prize

Dr. Reena Panda

in recognition of her dissertation “Accurate Modeling of Core and Memory Locality for Proxy Generation Targeting Emerging Applications and Architectures”

Top Teaching Assistant Awards

Stephen M. Pruett
Alvaro Furlani Bastos
Sarnab Bhattacharya

Undergraduate Leadership Award

Aleandra Leigh De Jong

Undergraduate Achievement Award

Cassidy Burden

Faculty Awards Presented by the Undergraduate Advisory Board for Excellence in Teaching

Prof. Nina Telang
Prof. Brian Evans
Prof. Christine Julien
Prof. Mark Flynn
Prof. Ramesh Yerraballi


Capstone Design Showcase Winners

View this photo gallery of the event and award winners

First Place – Industry

IoT Wireless Home Security System

Team Members - Michael Coulter, Weston Hill, Jake Klovenski, Ashlie Martinez, Christopher Sauceda, Eric Su
Project Partner – ARM
Mentor – Prof. Mohit Tiwari

Second Place – Industry


Team Members - Derek Ju, Stephen Natelli, Chris Oligschlaeger, Kassandra Perez, Jonathan Walsh, Tim Wang
Project Partner – Dell
Mentor – Prof. Emanuel Tutuc

Third Place – Industry

Computer Vision System for Steel Defect Detection

Team Members - Jaime Campos, Patrick Howard, Ahsan Khan, Christopher Ong, CJ Pleiter, Jiwhan Son
Project Partner – Tenaris
Mentor – Prof. Mikhail Belkin

First Place – Honors/Entrepreneur


Team Members - Dylan Allotta, Gilad Croll, Andrew Guilbeau, Alex Lostak, Alejandro Stevenson-Duran
Mentor – Prof. Christine Julien

Second Place – Honors/Entrepreneur

IDA: The Intelligent Driving Assistant

Team Members - Melissa Hall, Irfan Hasan, Gunalan Karun, Kalhan Koul, Kevin Tai, Peter Zhang
Mentor – Prof. Constantine Caramanis

Third Place – Honors/Entrepreneur

Intelligent Power Grid Experimental System

Team Members - Julia Conger, Joshua Graham, Madeline Jasper, Jiahan Liu, Kassandra Smith, Braden Stotmeister
Mentor – Prof. Surya Santoso