The Holcombe Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Harris Student Awards 2012

CLEMSON - Outstanding graduate students were recognized at this spring's Electrical and Computer Engineering Graduate Student Achievement Award Ceremony. Graduate students Andrew Clark and Githin Alapatt received Harris Awards, two department-wide awards which have been given each year for the past 28 years in recognition of outstanding accomplishment in the preceding year by a current Clemson graduate student in each of two areas: laboratory teaching and research.

Andrew Clarke received the Harris Award for the Outstanding Graduate Laboratory Teaching Assistant in 2011 based on evaluations by undergraduates enrolled in ECE laboratory courses and assessment by the faculty supervisors of the laboratories. Clarke completed the B.S. degree in electrical engineering at Clemson in 2010, and he is currently pursuing the Ph.D. EE degree with an emphasis in power systems under the direction of Prof. Makram. Student evaluations of his laboratory teaching are consistently enthusiastic, such as the comment by one student that Andrew “helped connect the theory in class to the actual realizations in the lab.”

Githin Alapatt received the Harris Award for the Outstanding Graduate Researcher in 2011 based on the recommendation of a faculty member and evaluation by a committee of ECE faculty. Alapatt completed the B.Tech. degree in electronics and communications engineering at the Cochin University of Science and Technology in 2007, he received the M.S. degree in electrical engineering from Clemson in 2010, and he is currently pursuing the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering at Clemson with an emphasis in photovoltaic electronics under the direction of Prof. Singh. Githin’s record of research productivity and scholarship is outstanding. Since beginning his graduate studies at Clemson, he has authored four journal papers and eight conference papers which have been published or submitted for review.

Since their inception, the Harris Awards have been accompanied by a monetary stipend, which is provided by the generosity of Harris Corp. The department was fortunate to have Dennis Noffke of Harris Corp. in attendance at this year's awards ceremony to present the recipients with their awards. The Holcombe Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering appreciates the support and encouragement that Harris and its employees provide to our department and our students.

Also recognized at the awards ceremony were the following ECE graduate students who have received scholarships or fellowships in the past year:

  • Sadettin Cekic, Turkish Ministry National Education Fellowship recipient
  • Andrew  Clarke, ECE Santee Cooper Graduate Fellowship and ECE Holcombe Scholarship recipient
  • Douglas Dawson, ECE Alan Griffith Stanford Fellowship recipient
  • Jason Ellis, South Carolina Graduate Incentive Fellowship recipient
  • Scott Gibson, ECE Holcombe Scholarship recipient
  • Crystal Jackson, South Carolina Graduate Incentive Fellowship recipient
  • Michael Juang, Clemson University Macdonald Fellowship, COES Dean’s Scholarship and ECE Holcombe Scholarship recipient
  • JaWone Kennedy, Southern Regional Education Board Fellowship recipient
  • Irfan Kil, Turkish Ministry National Education Fellowship recipient
  • Andrew McDowell, ECE Alan Griffith Stanford Fellowship recipient
  • Jessica Merino, ECE Alan Griffith Stanford Fellowship recipient
  • Alper Mutlu, Turkish Ministry National Education Fellowship recipient
  • Serhat Obuz, Turkish Ministry National Education Fellowship recipient
  • Ilker Ozcelik, Turkish Ministry National Education Fellowship recipient
  • Raul Ramos Garcia, CONACYT Fellowship recipient
  • William Suski, Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation Scholarship recipient
  • Eric Tollefson, ECE Holcombe Scholarship recipient
  • Nicholas Watts, ECE Holcombe Scholarship recipient
  • Landy Youkhana, Fulbright Fellowship recipient