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Student earns engineering’s first National Science Foundation fellowship

Jennifer WilliamsJennifer Williams, a first-year graduate student, has been awarded a prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship to conduct research in engineering.

Williams is the first student from the College of Engineering, and the seventh UNT student overall, to be named an NSF Graduate Research Fellow. The program is open to students pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees. Fellows receive up to $30,000 annually for three years. They also receive international research and professional development opportunities.

Williams completed a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, magna cum laude, with a minor in mathematics, in May 2011. Then, after completing an internship with Engineering Minds of Tomorrow – a program designed to introduce K-12 students to science, technology, mathematics and engineering – she decided to return to UNT for a graduate degree.

She says she plans to continue her research with focus on environmental monitoring systems, sustainable design and STEM education. She is particularly interested in sustainable ranching and sustainable agriculture, and says she may use sensors to study the relationship between soil moisture, humidity and automatic irrigation.

Her master’s thesis committee includes Miguel Acevedo, a Regents Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering; Rudi Thompson, professor in the Department of Biology; Shengli Fu, associate professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering, and Kamesh Namuduri, associate professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering.

Williams attended the University of Texas at Tyler; but during her freshman year she was encouraged to tour the College of Engineering at UNT. She says she immediately fell in love with the campus, and decided to transfer.

-       Alyssa Yancey, News Promotions

Williams is enrolled in the engineering program at the University of Texas at Tyler; however, during her freshman year she was encouraged to tour the College of Engineering at UNT. She says she immediately fell in love with the campus, and decided to transfer.

Posted on: Sun 15 April 2012

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