UT ECE Student Andre Esteva Receives Outstanding Scholar-Leader Award

Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - 12:00pm

UT ECE Student Andre Esteva Receives Outstanding Scholar-Leader Award

Andre Esteva

Each semester, the Cockrell School selects an Outstanding Scholar-Leader from among the graduating senior class. The student must have completed at least 60 credit hours at UT Austin and have at least a 3.8 in-residence GPA.

This year’s recipient of the Outstanding Scholar-Leader Award is Carlos “Andre” Esteva. Andre graduated this month with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Pure Mathematics.

Andre was born in Houston, raised in Mexico City and later moved to Plano where he graduated from Plano Senior High School. At The University of Texas at Austin, he has demonstrated the best in both academics and leadership by maintaining a perfect GPA while also serving in several professional, volunteer and student-run organizations.

Among them, Andre has served as a tutor and mentor for at-risk high school students and as a tutor in math and physics to other Longhorn students. Andre was active as a peer mentor in First-Year Interest Groups; he studied and interned abroad in Toulouse, France, and was a member of the Senate of College Councils, Engineers Without Borders and Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, among other organizations.

Even more impressive, Andre has managed to lead high impact research in four different UT laboratories. Among his achievements, he helped conceptualize and design a wireless communication system that uses visible light to transmit information, and he developed a MATLAB segmentation algorithm that will lead to better understanding of nuclear growth and distribution in pre-cancers.

In the letters recommending Andre for this award, faculty have described him as being one of the brightest students they have encountered in years of teaching.