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Five engineers win Chevron scholarships

Three seniors and two juniors have received Chevron scholarships for the 2013-2014 academic year. Hasitha Dharmasiri, Thomas Ladd and Abeer Javed, all seniors, received $500 scholarships. Juniors Adam Bloom and Xuejiao (Holly) Liang each received $2,000. All of the scholarships are merit awards, and the students were nominated by the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering to receive them. Students are nominated by ECE faculty, based on their contributions to the department.

chevron_2014_01Dharmasiri’s areas of interest includes mobile e-health systems and wireless communication. He has conducted research on a spirometer to measure lung capacity, called mobileSpiro, as part of the Scalable Health Initiative at Rice. He has also been an intern at ViaSat, Inc. and an undergraduate course assistant in the core course, Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering, leading review and lab sessions.

Ladd was IEEE Student Branch co-president in 2012-2013 and also a summer intern at ViaSat, Inc., in signal processing and communications. At Rice, he has been involved in research in custom camera systems to observe vital signs of at-risk infants.

In addition to Javed’s studies in Electrical Engineering, he has been active in the Rice Center for Engineering Leadership. Abeer was an intern with the City of Houston during the summer of 2012 where he helped develop a prototype service-locater application to better allow Houston residents find city services.

Bloom has been a course assistant in two of the core ECE courses, Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering. He was part of the team that led the planning, renovation, and transformation of the McMurtry College quadrangle. He is also on the executive board of the Rice Student Admission Council (SAC) focusing on online recruitment.

Liang has been involved in research with the Rice Networks Group and also with the Rice Realtime Neural Engineering Lab. She has also been an intern with Philips and Neusoft Medical Systems Co., Ltd., and plays the violin in the Rice Marching Owl Band.

—Holly Beretto, Engineering Communications