March 8, 2012
UCSB Engineering Students Receive National Engineers Week Scholarships
Undergraduates honored for academic merit at banquet at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley
UC Santa Barbara College of Engineering undergraduates were awarded scholarships from the National Engineers Week Committee (NEWC) in recognition of their academic excellence. The scholars were honored at a ceremony held on February 23, 2012, at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley.Four
NEWC is a national organization that brings together engineers from more than 70 different professional and educational societies to celebrate the contributions engineers make to society. Each year during the week of George Washington’s birthday—who is considered our nation’s “first engineer”—engineering societies across the country gather to acknowledge the achievements of their peers and offer support to the next generation of engineers.
The NEWC scholarship program encourages young engineers in their studies through a series of outreach programs, and offers scholarships based on academic excellence.
This year’s UCSB recipients include:
Mechanical engineering junior Jenny Lei plans to use her scholarship to help ease the strain of rising tuition and fees for college. “This year has been tough,” says Lei. “Classes are difficult and there is a larger workload. But my dad has always encouraged me to take advantage of the opportunities that are presented to me, which includes scholarships.”
Several other engineers from Santa Barbara and Ventura counties were also honored for their accomplishments and their service to the community. The banquet was a chance for local professionals and young engineers to network, and to tour the recently-opened exhibit of 100 original objects from George Washington’s life. For Lei, the ceremony meant an afternoon off from her research on site-specific drug delivery as a member of Professor Luke Theogarajan’s research group at UCSB.
The theme for this year’s National Engineers Week was “7 billion people, 7 billion dreams, 7 billion chances for engineers to turn dreams into reality” – underscoring the opportunity for engineers globally to help solve the challenges of the 21st century.