UB students awarded by AAAEA for their work in engineering
University of Bridgeport School of Engineering students won $4,000 in scholarships at the ninth annual Tri-State AAAEA (Arab American Association of Engineers and Architects) awards dinner held on November 15.
The scholarships were awarded to undergraduate and graduate students majoring in engineering, architecture, or computer science. Industry professionals attended the event in Staten Island, NY, as more than 100 students from Tri-State universities competed for prizes.
Eight winners were selected based on their grades, involvement in extracurricular activities, and responses to a series of questions regarding their research interests and ways they might harness their skills to address broad social issues.
Three UB students won awards.
“We are proud that the AAAEA and its expert judges recognized our engineering students’ hard work,” said Associate Vice President for Graduate Studies and Research Dr. Khaled Elleithy. “This is the second year that UB students have won numerous scholarships from AAAEA. Their success is inspiring.”
Wafa Elmannai and Mohamad El Naamani were each awarded $1,500. Zhaoqi Song won $1,000.
About the winners:
Wafa Elmannai is a PhD candidate in Computer Science and Engineering. She holds a 4.0 GPA. Her research involves mobile communications, wireless sensor networks, the design of mobile applications, and health-assistive devices. Some of the more than 15 prizes previously awarded to her include a $20,000 AAUW (American Association of University Women) International Fellowship and the Connecticut Technology Council’s Women in Innovation Award. The National Honor Society of Upsilon Pi Epsilon has awarded her scholarships for her academic record and the publication of more than 25 research papers in peer-reviewed conferences and journals. She currently serves as president of the UPE Honor Society, UB chapter, and as an AAUW ambassador. She is advised by Dr. Elleithy. She credited his “boundless patience, advice, and continued support” for her achievements.
Mohamad El Naamani is an electrical engineer from Lebanon and a master’s degree student in Technology Management. His work focuses on entrepreneurships, and he is currently collaborating with students on various new-venture start-ups. He plans to use his electrical engineering and entrepreneurial experience to run his own venture after he graduates in May 2018. In addition to his work as a graduate assistant, he is an accredited LEED GA by the U.S. Green Building Council and is a member of the Tri-State chapter of AAAEA, the Society of Women Engineering, and the National Society of Black Engineers. He is advised by Professor Dr. Elif Kongar. “She has been a huge part of my success,” said El Naamani. “She has really guided me.”
Zhaoqi Song, an undergraduate electrical engineering major with a 3.97 GPA, is interested in robotics, MEMS, and data processing. She currently serves as a tutor at UB’s Academic Advising Center and is the director of the UB Chinese Student Association. Song is advised by electrical engineering Professor Xingguo Xiong.
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