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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.”