UCSB Engineering

March 3, 2004

UCSB Senior named Soros Fellow

Santa Barbara, Calif. -- Arpit Malaviya has achieved the distinct honor of being selected as a 2004 Soros Fellow. Mr. Malaviya will receive an annual maintenance grant of $20,000 and a tuition grant of one-half the tuition cost of the U.S. graduate program he attends. The purpose of The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans are to provide opportunities for continuing generations of able and accomplished New Americans to achieve leadership in their chosen fields. Dean Matthew Tirrell of UCSB's College of Engineering stated "We are proud of the accomplishments of Arpit Malaviya and very pleased that he has received this highly competitive recognition."

The abilities and qualities that Arpit demonstrated in the selection process included: creativity, originality, initiative; a capacity for accomplishment; and a commitment to the values expressed in the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights. He is a senior at UCSB where he has a 3.98 cumulative GPA and is ranked first in a class of 64 students majoring in Electrical Engineering. Arpit will begin his graduate studies (MS/PhD) in Electrical Engineering in the fall of 2004. He commented, "I am honored to have been awarded the Soros Fellowship. I would like to thank Prof. Rodwell and Prof. Mishra for the invaluable help and guidance they have offered me. I would also like to thank my wife and family for their unwavering support and encouragement."

Now 28, Arpit was born and raised in Kanpur, India. He immigrated to the United States for better opportunities when he was 22. He worked for two years as an Assistant Manager for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, based in Miami. In February of 2000, Arpit began studies in Electrical Engineering at Moorpark College in Southern California

At Moorpark, Arpit maintained a 4.0 GPA and won the Jonnah Laroche award for academic excellence among students at California's 109 community colleges. He was also awarded the Caltech/JPL (Jet Propulsion Laboratory) Undergraduate Scholar Award, a University of California Regents Scholarship, and the prestigious Barry M. Goldwater scholarship. In addition, his research proposal on solid-acid fuel cells won him the Caltech Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship in 2002 and the opportunity to work for a professor at Caltech. Arpit presented his research findings in a lecture at Caltech and his paper has been published as the feature article in the fall 2003 issue of California Engineer.

Since 2002, Mr. Malaviya has been at UCSB, where he has continued to excel academically. He has also worked on analog integrated circuits as a research assistant for a professor in the Electrical Engineering department. In graduate school, his research focus will be on high-speed analog and mixed-signal integrated circuits. He is particularly interested in emerging applications of circuit design that transcend the confines of the field and have the potential to benefit society.

Fascinated by the notion of volunteerism in American values, Arpit has spent over 350 hours tutoring underprivileged students in math and engineering and 200 hours organizing need-based scholarship fund-raising events. He also established and served in a UCSB volunteer program with an organization that feeds the homeless. For his ongoing commitment to community service, he was awarded the Presidential Student Service Award by President Bush and a Certificate of Commendation by Governor Davis.

Note: For further information, please contact Bill Grant at the Colllege of Engineering, UCSB, at (805) 893-8107 or email, grant@engineering.ucsb.edu.


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