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Graduating seniors receive 2014 ECE Awards for academics and service

Friday, May 16, 2014

Cornell electrical and computer engineering students are known for their academic excellence and dedication to service, and this year’s graduating seniors are no exception. Members of the Cornell ECE Class of 2014, Julie Wang and Matthew Stern have been selected to receive prestigious awards.

The William S. Einwechter Award

Julie Wang will receive the William S. Einwechter Award, presented annually to a member of the ECE Senior Class who has demonstrated distinguished records of service to ECE and its students, to the College, and to the University.

Julie has served in numerous leadership roles during her time in ECE, as Co-Chair of the Engineering Peer Advising Program, Finance Director of the Society of Women Engineers, and a Teaching Assistant for the ECE department for three semesters.

Previously selected as a Frank and Rosa Rhodes Scholar, a Meinig Family National Scholar, and an ECE Student Testimonial, she is also a student manager for the Cornell University tour guides. In her spare time, Julie enjoys running, hiking, and cooking. After graduation, she’ll move to Los Angeles to work at SpaceX as an FPGA Engineer.

The Sibley Prize

Matthew Stern will receive the Sibley Prize, presented annually to the senior with the highest combined average over all four years.

Studying all facets of computers, from the fabrication of microscopic transistors to the design of scalable software systems that can serve millions of users, Matt has developed a strong background in all abstraction layers of computer engineering, which has allowed him to apply a big-picture understanding to specific fields.

"The breadth and rigor of Cornell’s ECE program has given me the experience and confidence necessary to tackle the most difficult engineering problems," said Matt. "I am particularly grateful to ECE’s incredible alumni whose accomplishments serve as constant inspiration, as well as the department’s talented instructors, who have provided me with knowledge, insight, advice, and an enthusiasm for learning throughout my four years at Cornell."

Following graduation, Matt will be a Site Reliability Engineer at Google in New York City, working on scalability projects with software teams from all different departments to ensure that hundreds of millions of users can use Google’s most popular applications with high reliability and low latency.


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