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ECE students receive IEEE awards

Five electrical and computer engineering students received awards at the 2013 IEEE Columbus Spring Awards Banquet. Yazan Alsmadi and Jose Velasquez received IEEE Service Awards for their service and contribution to the IEEE Graduate Student Body at The Ohio State University. DJ Christman and Benjamin Pax received IEEE Service Awards for their service to IEEE @ OSU Student Chapter and Rob Pond received the Academic Excellence Award in recognition of his academic achievement.

Graduate Student Awards

The IEEE Graduate Student Body is the first graduate student branch within IEEE—the world’s largest professional association for the advancement of technology—and it was established at The Ohio State University. Alsmadi and Velasquez are the presidents of the IEEE GSB. Paul Berger, professor of electrical and computer engineering, is the group's faculty advisor.            

Yazan Alsmadi is a PhD candidate in electrical and computer engineering and a graduate research associate in the Power Electronics and Electric Machines Laboratory. Alsmadi received a bachelor’s degree (magna cum laude) in electrical engineering from Yarmouk University, Jordan in 2009. He worked as a visiting scholar in 2009-2010 in the electrical engineering department at Ohio State. He is advised by Longya Xu, professor of electrical and computer engineering.

Jose Velasquez will graduate in May 2013 with a master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering, specializing in control systems. Velasquez received a bachelor´s degree (cum laude) in electronic engineering from Universidad Simon Bolivar, Venezuela in 2011. He is a graduate teaching associate for the Control Systems Laboratory and previously served as vice president of the IEEE Graduate Student Body at Ohio State before becoming president in fall 2012. He is advised by Kevin Passino, professor of electrical and computer engineering.
 

Undergraduate Student Awards

Christman and Pax are co-presidents of IEEE @ The Ohio State University Student Chapter and helped organize the fall lecture series. Berger also serves as faculty advisor to IEEE @ The Ohio State University.

David (DJ) Christman graduated from The Ohio State University in December 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in electrical and computer engineering and works as an engineer for Cisco Systems in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina.

Benjamin Pax is majoring in electrical and computer engineering and is co-president of IEEE @ The Ohio State University.
 
Rob Pond will graduate in May 2013 with a bachelor’s degree (summa cum laude) in electrical and computer engineering. He is vice-president of Eta Kappa Nu, the honorary society for students majoring in electrical engineering. After graduation he plans to continue on to his PhD in Nonlinear RF at The Ohio State University. He will be advised by Patrick Roblin, professor of electrical and computer engineering.