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ECE student thomas kidd receives ieee pes scholarship

The IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) selected Thomas Kidd as a 2021 IEEE PES Scholarship Plus Initiative recipient.  

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IEEE Welcome back dinner

On August 24, 2021 ECE’s IEEE Student Branch celebrated the beginning of the school year with a welcome back dinner sponsored by Phillips 66 (P66). A big thanks to P66 from all of us in ECE.

Along with a surprise visit by Pistol Pete, students were treated to an excellent talk by P66 employee and ECE alumni Akilla Hameed (MSEE, 2005) who discussed her career journey of 15 years. She is currently the Director for Project Management Services at Phillips 66, Chair for Professional Development with the Society of Women Engineers (SWE, Houston Chapter), and a Mentor at the Women’s Energy Network. 

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Steven Howell was awarded the department of defense SMART Scholarship

Steven Howell, a Bachelor of Science student at Oklahoma State University, was awarded the Department of Defense Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation Scholarship.

This award provides students with full tuition for up to five years, summer internships, a stipend and full-time employment with the Department of Defense after graduation. This unique opportunity offers students hands-on experience at one of more than 200 of the nation’s most innovative laboratories across the Army, Navy, Air Force and larger Department of Defense.

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Congratulations Electrical and computer engineering Spring 2021 Graduates

Congratulations to all ECE Spring 2021 graduates! We are very proud of your achievement and wish you all the best on your next adventure.

List of all ECE Spring 2021 graduates

Karl Strecker received 2021 ECE Outstanding Graduate Student Award

Karl's research focuses on the phenomenon of group velocity dispersion (GVD) in broadband terahertz signals, the foundation for future 6G wireless communication. The rise of terahertz communications will soon require that GVD be addressed, though this concern is still nascent and widely unknown. OSU's Ultrafast Terahertz and Optoelectronic Laboratory is the first group to tackle it experimentally. 
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Olivia Long received 2021 CEAT Dean's overall outstanding senior student award

Olivia Long is a senior student in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Long serves as a mentor through the CEAT Scholars program for three OSU freshmen. She is a perfect example of what great mentoring looks like and as a personable and respectful leader, she has been able to have conversations with her mentees that might have taken years for faculty and staff to have.
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Jasmine Taplin Awarded the ECE Sigmon Scholarship

Senior electrical engineering student Jasmine Taplin was recently awarded the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Sigmon Scholarship for her academic excellence. 

Established in 2019 by the Michael and Jane Sigmon Family Foundation, the Michael Sigmon Engineering Scholarship supports a junior or senior level student pursuing a degree in electrical engineering.  Michael (’66 electrical engineering) and Jane (’65 elementary education) created this scholarship with the goal of providing transformational financial support to students, and inspire and encourage future engineers to pursue their passions.

The scholarship is awarded through the ECE department and is based on the CEAT scholarships that are awarded in the fall.
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OSU tops state with three 2021 Goldwater Scholars

Three Oklahoma State University Honors College students have won Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships, the prestigious undergraduate award for outstanding students who seek research careers in the natural sciences, mathematics and engineering.


Collin Thornton is a junior from Duncan, Oklahoma, who is double majoring in computer engineering and electrical engineering. Thornton was an inaugural member of the Oklahoma State Scholars Society, one of 20 incoming freshmen selected for their leadership, service and academic potential. He was also a CEAT Scholar and a Freshman Research Scholar as well as  a recipient of the Wentz Research Scholarship in both his sophomore and junior years. 

Thornton has been engaged in extensive research projects on OSU’s autonomous golf cart and unmanned aerial systems, mentored by Dr. He Bai in the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Thornton also was president of OSU Mercury Robotics and a team lead for the Space Cowboys program. He participated in an internship for Tinker Air Force Base. Thornton is on track to complete the Honors College degree, and he plans to pursue a doctorate in controls engineering. He hopes to conduct research professionally in the automation and control of unmanned vehicles.

“I’ve had amazing support from OSU and my mentors over the past two years,” Thornton said. “The Goldwater application process is an intensely introspective task, often demanding answers to questions about my goals that I hadn’t yet asked myself. Having been a nominee for OSU twice over, I can safely say that the knowledge gained from applying is worth as much as the award itself. I cannot encourage future applicants enough: Give it a shot.”
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Two Electrical and computer engineering students land big jobs with giant companies

Hisham Abuella and Amit Kachroo will both graduate from Oklahoma State University this spring with their Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering (ECE).  Both are currently studying in the OSU Wireless Lab (OWL) under Dr. Sabit Ekin, an assistant professor in ECE. 
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Four OSU CEAT students awarded the 2020 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) helps ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science and engineering in the United States and reinforces its diversity. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited U.S. institutions.


Karl Strecker is a graduate student in electrical and electronic engineering at OSU and is conducting research in group velocity dispersion management in terahertz wireless links. He is researching extremely high-speed wireless communication. 

“The receipt of the NSF’s Graduate Research Fellowship is an honor,” said Strecker. “My journey through higher education has been full of the investment of many teachers and mentors, as well as a lot of hard work, and this fellowship is in many ways a validation of all that. Higher education is also expensive, but the NSF grant will enable me to pursue a doctoral degree here at OSU with much less concern about making ends meet.” 

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