ECE Undergraduates win Rice Engineering Alumni Awards
Each year, senior and junior engineering students independently compete for merit awards offered by the REA. The REA awards committee bases its decision on the student's written essay, campus activities, honors, awards and cumulative GPA. Joseph Vento received the ECE Distinguished Junior Award; Lisa Anne Hendricks (Junior) received the Merit ECE Award.
Joseph Vento also won theÂ R.K.M. â€śBobâ€ť Dickson PrizeÂ â€“ created by H. deForest Ralph Jr. BA â€™55, ChE â€™56 in memory of his roommate Bob Dickson â€™55; recognizes an engineering student whose work benefits society.
ECE Graduate Student Corina Ionita awarded the Harrianna Butler AwardÂ ($6,500)
The Harrianna Butler Award goes to married graduate or undergraduate students. The awards are endowed by C.H. Siebenhausen in honor of his wife, Harrianna.
The Hershel M. Rich Invention Award goes to Narendra Anand (MS '11)
Narendra received the award, in the form of a medal along with $500, forÂ "STROBE:Â Simultaneous Transmission with Orthogonally Blinded Eavesdroppers."Â He is a member of the Rice Networks Group and is supported by his PhD advisor, Professor Edward Knightly.
ECE Junior Nonso Anyigbo will receive the James Waters Award
Nonso, an ECE junior, won $1,700 for his innovative and creative research on "mobileSpiro: Accurate mobile Spirometry for Self-Management of Asthma". The Waters Creativity Award is awarded annually to an engineering undergraduate in recognition of unusual creativity in independent work. Engineering departments are asked to submit nominations for the award and a committee of chairs or representatives from each of the engineering departments selects a recipient.Â This year, there were four nominations and the committee selected two awards (one in BIOE, one in ECE).Â In 1968, an anonymous donor endowed the Waters Creativity Award in honor of James S. Waters, who received a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the Rice Institute in 1917. Waters was a faculty member at Rice for over 50 years.