Texas ECE held a Virtual Honors event on Wednesday, May 20 to honor students and faculty for their successes and contributions during the 2019-2020 academic year.
The keynote address was given by Texas ECE alumnus Sanjay Chandra. Sanjay now serves as a principal and managing partner at Trinity and its affiliated companies in a variety of roles and responsibilities on a full time and active basis. In addition to his day to day role at Trinity, Sanjay serves as a board member for American Leather, which he co-founded in 1990, and where he was formerly president and CFO. He also serves as chairman of Freedom Powersports LLC, and board member at Robokind LLC, Utopia Global Inc., and Bentwood Kitchens Inc. Further, Sanjay serves as an Engineering Advisory Board member for the Cockrell School of Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. Graduating with highest honors in 1987 from the University of Texas at Austin, Sanjay received a bachelor’s of science in electrical and computer engineering.
Here is a list of this year's award winners:
Capstone Design Award Winners
Videos of projects can be viewed here
First Place - Entrepreneurial Category
First Place - Industry Category
Team I16 - Wireless Sleep Monitor
Industry Partner: Texas Instruments
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Nan Sun
Second Place - Industry Category
Team I12: Wearable sensors to detect an adrenaline rush
Sebastian Guillen Vargas
Industry Partner: Nokia
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jacob Abraham
Third Place - Industry Category
Team I4: Dell-EMC Self Securing Servers
Harry Suh Schneider
Industry Partner: Dell
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Ray Chen
First Place - Honors Category
Team H8: Undergraduate Teaching Platform
Faculty Mentors: Dr. Mattan Erez and Dr. Andreas Gerstlauer
Second Place - Honors Category
Team H14: Self Monitor for Reducing Stress Levels
Angelos Geor Koulouras
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Emily Porter
Third Place - Honors Category
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Suzanne Barber
Top Teaching Awards
Awarded to outstanding students serving as teaching assistants in the 2019-2020 academic year.
EE 319K - Intro to Embedded Systems
EE 306 - Intro to Computing
EE 333T - Engineering Communications
EE 445S - Real-Time Digital Signal Processing Lab
Texas ECE IEEE Grad Student Branch Excellence Award
The award is given to an IEEE Grad Student member who has exhibited exemplary leadership through the organization.
Rachel Selina Rajarathnam
Texas ECE Graduate Leadership Award
This award is given annually in recognition of excellence in leadership to a student graduating from UT ECE with an MS or PhD within this academic year.
Texas ECE Graduate Top Achiever
This award is given annually to the top-achieving student graduating with an MS or PhD degree within this academic year.
Dr. Beer Endowment for Student Excellence Awards
This award is for juniors and seniors majoring in ECE who demonstrate excellence in written and spoken communications.
Victoria “Tori” Isom
Writing Flag Awards
The 2020 School of Undergraduate Studies Writing Flag Award honors the best writing produced by UT undergraduates in courses carrying the Writing Flag. Prizes were awarded to student work that best demonstrates clarity, inventiveness, and intellectual rigor. These awards were selected across all majors.
First Place: Research: Lab Category
Nikhil Arora & Darius Zinolabedini
Second Place: Research: Lab Category
IEEE Undergraduate UT Austin Branch Scholarships
These scholarships are granted to IEEE undergraduate students who have exhibited exemplary leadership through the organization.
Texas ECE Undergraduate Leadership Award
The Texas ECE Undergraduate Leadership Award is awarded annually in recognition of excellence in leadership.
Texas ECE Undergraduate Top Achiever Award
The Texas ECE Undergraduate Top Achiever distinction is awarded annually to the top-achieving undergraduate student graduating with an MSEE during the academic year.
Selected by the Undergraduate Advisory Board
Best Class Structure
Most Compassionate Professor
Most Engaging Professor
Most Outstanding ECE Organization
IEEE and WECE
Student’s Choice 2020 (selected live during the event)