Samueli Endowed Fellowships Awarded to Eight Graduate Students
Dec. 23, 2019 - Eight engineering doctoral students have won 2019-20 Henry Samueli Endowed Fellowships. Two students in civil and environmental engineering, four in electrical engineering and computer science, and two in chemical and biomolecular engineering received the awards, which recognize academic achievement and potential for future success.
Henry Samueli, co-founder of Broadcom Corp. and the Samueli School’s namesake, funds the fellowships, which are open to master’s and doctoral students. The number of awards and the support amount vary each year.
The Samueli Endowed Fellowships are competitive, rather than need-based, helping the school to recruit and retain talented graduate students. The awards are based on students’ academic records and research accomplishments, and are open to all majors, covering fees and stipends for the academic year.
This year’s winners are:
Jawad Fayaz, civil and environmental engineering
Undergraduate degree: Rashtreeya Vidyalaya College of Engineering/India, civil engineering
Adviser: Farzin Zareian
Research interests: performance-based earthquake engineering, ground motion analysis, seismic analysis of bridge and building structures
Irene Martinez Josemaria, civil and environmental engineering
Undergraduate degree: Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, civil engineering. Master’s degrees: Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, civil engineering/structural engineering; UCI, civil engineering/transportation systems engineering
Adviser: Wenlong Jin
Research interests: transportation systems, technology innovation to improve traffic flow, and transit design and operation. Development of models and control strategies to reduce traffic congestion in the new era of autonomous and shared mobility, both at the freeway level and at the network level
Enya Li, chemical and biomolecular engineering
Undergraduate degree: Tamkang University, Taiwan, chemical and materials engineering
Adviser: Szu-Wen Wang
Research interests: determining optimal delivery strategies for better immune response in creating effective cancer vaccines
Sean Aaron Blofeld Perea, chemical and biomolecular engineering
Undergraduate degree: University of Arizona, chemical engineering
Research interests: biotherapeutics and drug delivery/development
Mikhail Mikhailovich Savastianov, electrical engineering and computer science
Undergraduate degree: Saint Petersburg State Mining Institute (Russia), electric drive and control systems. Master’s degree: National Mineral Resources University (Russia), electric drive and control systems.
Adviser: Keyue Smedley
Research interests: power electronics, battery chargers, low-voltage direct-current distribution systems
Yaoyu Cao, electrical engineering and computer science
Undergraduate degree: University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, electrical engineering. Master's degree: University of Southern California, electrical engineering
Adviser: Payam Heydari
Research interests: RF/millimeter wave integrated circuits and systems for high-speed wireless communication
Md Omar Faruk, electrical engineering and computer science
Undergraduate degree: University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, applied physics, electronics and communication engineering. Master’s degrees: University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, applied physics, electronics and communication engineering; Norfolk State University, materials science
Adviser Ozdal Boyraz
Research interests: DBE (degenerate band edge) lasers, plasmonic sensing, si photonics, quantum computing, neuromorphic computing
Ehsan Hafezi Asl, electrical engineering and computer science
Undergraduate degrees: Isfahan University of Technology, (Iran), electrical engineering and mathematics
Adviser: Filippo Capolino
Research interests: Microwave circuits and optical devices based on exceptional points of degeneracy – points in which two or more eigenstates (positions, definite momentums and definite measured values) coalesce.
- Anna Lynn Spitzer