UB engineering students win big at AAAEA awards event

UB engineering students win big at AAAEA awards event

University of Bridgeport School of Engineering students have won four out of six scholarships presented by the AAAEA (Arab American Association of Engineers and Architects) to Tri-State students who have demonstrated outstanding skills in research and scholarship.

Taleb H. Al-theanat, Patricio Xavier Flores, Mohamed Ben Haj Frej, and Shyamkumar K. Parikh each won a $1000 Tri-State AAAEA Scholarship at the organization’s annual awards dinner on November 13.

Since 2009, AAAEA Tri-State has awarded scholarships to more than 29 students in the areas of engineering, architecture, or computer science. Highly competitive, the scholarship competition is open to all college students in the Tri-State area, regardless their background or membership in AAAEA.

Calling the 2016 AAAEA ceremony “a UB night,” School of Engineering Associate Dean Dr. Khaled Elleithy noted that “the name of UB was called four times out of six. Every time the name was called, I felt very proud of our students; they continue to demonstrate the quality education they receive.”

He added: “The four awardees came from different degree levels, including the BS, MS, and PhD, which is a testimony of the different quality programs we offer. It is not the first time, and will not be the last time, that our students sweep the regional and national competitions they participate in.”

About the University of Bridgeport 2016 AAAEA winners:

Taleb H. Al-theanat is earning a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering Program and currently holds a perfect 4.0 GPA. His research focuses on grid integration of renewable-energy systems, photovoltaic systems, electric power, protection and distribution systems, power electronics, and microgrid and smart grid technologies.

Mohamed Ben Haj Frej is a PhD candidate in Computer Science and Computer Engineering with a 3.708 GPA. His research focuses on the intersection of computer networking, information security, and systems modeling. He has most recently worked on security issues in cloud computing, secure aggregation, and on routing in wireless-sensor networks.

Frej’s research papers and posters have been previously published by the American Society of Engineering Education, the International Journal of Scientific and Engineering Research, and by the IEEE International Conference on Machine Learning and Applications.

Patricio Xavier Flores is pursuing dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Computer and Electrical Engineering with a minor in Mathematics. He has a 3.71 GPA. His research focuses on wireless communication, robotics, transistors, programming and arduino projects. He is advised by UB Professor Dr. Lawrence V. Hmurcik and Senior Lecturer Dr. Abhilasha Tibrewal. His previous awards include the Academic Achievement Award for the Bachelor of Science Computer Engineering Program at UB.

Shyamkumar K. Parikh is earning a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering and has a 4.0 GPA.

Media contact: Leslie Geary, (203) 576-4625, lgeary@bridgeport.edu