UT ECE graduate student Pai-Yen Chen was awarded a 2012 Donald D. Harrington Dissertation Fellowship, the highest award that can be made to a continuing student at The University of Texas at Austin. Pai-Yen is currently studying under Dr. Andrea Alù in the Metamaterials and Plasmonics Research Group in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin.
The Donald D. Harrington Fellows Program was established by Sybil Harrington as a tribute to her husband. She envisioned a program that would support gifted and ambitious young scholars at UT Austin at a level that would equal or exceed the levels of prestigious longstanding programs at other institutions around the world. These talented faculty and graduate students would then share their knowledge and success with future generations, perpetuating the legacy and memory of Don Harrington for all time. UT Austin is privileged to be the home of this preeminent research program.
The Harrington Graduate Fellowships are awarded annually to the most highly qualified doctoral and master's candidates from universities throughout the United States and around the world. In addition, a small number of dissertation fellowships are awarded to currently enrolled UT Austin students who are candidates for a doctoral degree.
All Harrington Graduate Fellows become lifetime members of the Harrington Society. This organization is designed to build a sense of community among the Harrington Faculty and Graduate Fellows through special programs and events that include symposiums, discussion groups, informal luncheons, and other activities.