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Texas ECE Honors Students and Faculty at Awards Banquet

Texas ECE hosted the Spring Awards Banquet on Monday, May 6, 2019 to honor the achievements of students and recognize the contributions of faculty during the 2018-2019 academic year. Texas ECE alumnus Eric Feng gave the keynote address. Mr. Feng is an American software engineer, business executive, and financier. He is a general partner at the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers, where he focuses on leading early stage consumer investments.Previously he was CTO of Kleiner Perkins portfolio company Flipboard, as well as the founding CTO of Hulu. He earned his B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Texas ECE in 1999, and received the IEC Everitt Award as the top graduating engineering student.

The department recognized the student team winners of the Capstone Design Showcase where students demonstrate projects completed in a yearlong capstone design course sequence, solving open-ended problems in groups of 5-7 students.

The derpatment also awarded students for academic achievement and leadership, the Margarida Jacome Outstanding Dissertation Prize, excellence as Teaching Assistants, and the Dr. Beer Endowment for Student Excellence in written and spoken communication. The Texas ECE Undergraduate Advisory Board recognized outstanding faculty selected by the students "for a consistent display of care and excellence in and out of the classroom."

The list of award winners is presented here:

Margarida Jacome Outstanding Dissertation Prize

Dr. Meng Li
in recognition of his dissertation “A Synergistic Framework for Hardware IP Privacy and Integrity Protection”

Undergraduate Leadership Award

Megan Cooper
in Recognition of Excellence in Leadership 2018-2019

Undergraduate Academic Excellence Award

Robert Streit
in Recognition of Outstanding Academic Achievement 2018-2019

Graduate Leadership Award

Pranav Kumar
in Recognition of Excellence in Leadership 2018-2019

Graduate Academic Excellence Award

Ahmed Kord
in Recognition of Outstanding Academic Achievement 2018-2019

Dr. Beer Endowment for Student Awards for excellence in written and spoken communication

Christine Dao

Nick Nieman

Upasana Prabhu

Anthony Malloy Vento

Top Teaching Award

Alvaro Furlani Bastos
in Recognition of Excellence in Teaching in EE462L - Power Electronics Laboratory

Samuel L. Harper
in Recognition of Excellence in Teaching in EE 445L - Embedded Systems Design Lab

Alec M. Skipper
in Recognition of Excellence in Teaching in EE 438 - Fundamentals of Electronic Circuits and EE 302 - Introduction to Electrical Engineering

Undergraduate Advisory Board Outstanding Faculty 

Prof. Nina Telang

Prof. Ramesh Yerraballi

Prof. Christine Julien

Prof. Brian Evans

Capstone Design Showcase Winners

First Place - Honors/Entrepreneurial Category

Stellar Spine

Marisa Drake, Sarah Jansen, Dayoung Lee, Pooja Muddasani, Zoe Ng, and Snigdha Sinha

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Christine Julien

Second Place - Honors/Entrepreneurial Category


Alex Chan, David Chun, Caton Sun, Joel Wang, Joshua Yang, and Samuel Zhang

Faculty Mentors: Dr. Raul Longoria and Dr. Mark McDermott

Third Place - Honors/Entrepreneurial Category

Deep Learning Hardware Accelerator

Alex Dexter, Leigh Gonik, Shyam Sabhaya, Robert Streit, Zachary Susskind, and Brian Wang

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Andreas Gerstlauer

First Place - Industry Category

Augmented Reality in the Great Outdoors

Justin DuPont, Meagan Patton, Kailash Sivakumar, Tung To, Edilio Vera, and James Yoder

Project Partner: Nokia Bell Labs  •  Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jack Lee

Second Place - Industry Category

Texas Instruments IoT Development Board

Michael Arthur, Jr., Tommy Gilbert, Kamish Momin, Matt Prost, Jacob Valencia, and Andrew Yu

Project Partner: Texas Instruments  •  Faculty Mentor: Dr. Mikhail Belkin

Third Place - Industry Category

The Object Scanner

Trevor Jones, John Lee, Luis Petitjean, Tyler Schattel, and Natasha Sun

Project Partner: Texas Instruments  •  Faculty Mentor: Dr. Ray Chen