Students receive awards for outstanding scholarship and service

Eight undergraduate computer science students received awards at the College of Engineering Academic Awards and Service Recognition Reception on Thursday, March 19th.

College of Engineering Academic Achievement Awards recognize outstanding academic performance at Michigan State University. They are awarded to the top 3 percent of undergraduate juniors and seniors in each department and undergraduate sophomores in the top 1 percent of their class. CSE award winners were Vu Bui, Steven Garske, Kareem Januoudi, Ryan Ley, Ben Pedersen, and Jimmy Voss.

Dianna Kay and Stephanie Ortiz received the College of Engineering Service Recognition Award for exemplary service to the MSU community.

Senior Academic Achievement Award Recipients

Kareem Janoudi is an Honors College member and MSU scholarship recipient. Last summer, he worked on a PHP and MySQL development team at IBM. As CEO of Order4Free, an online digital marketing business, Kareem works with over 20 digital marketing companies and has recruited thousands of publishers. Kareem looks forward to traveling this summer before graduating this coming winter. This is the second time Kareem has been recognized for Distinguished Academic Achievement (2008, 2009).

Ben Pedersen is a member of the Michigan State University Chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery. Between 2 jobs and 12 credit hours, he enjoys reading fantasy and sci-fi. Prior to attending MSU, Ben was a student at Lansing Community College and the California Institute of Technology, where he studied Electrical Engineering. This summer, Ben hopes to obtain a summer internship in the software development or software engineering field.

Jimmy Voss serves as treasurer for Mason-Abbot Residence Hall Government at MSU. He is a professorial assistant for Dr. George Stockman in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. In his leisure time, he enjoys playing cards, video games, and sports. This summer, Jimmy will participate in an NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates program at Oakland University. His research will focus on Computational and Numerical Statistics and Mathematics.

Junior Academic Achievement Award Recipients

Vu Bui is an international student from VietNam. His hobbies include basketball, soccer, and computer games. Next semester, he hopes to find a programming/networking internship.

Ryan Ley has been on the Dean’s list for five consecutive semesters. Ryan is a DaimlerChrysler Corporation scholarship recipient and Alumni Distinguished Scholarship Semi-finalist. Currently, Ryan works as an Assistant Web Developer and Database Manager for MSU Contract and Grant Administration. His summer plans include a programming internship at the Thomson Reuters Tax and Accounting business unit in Ann Arbor. This is the second time Ryan has been recognized for academic achievement (2008, 2009).

Sophomore Academic Achievement Award Recipient

Steven Garske is a member of MSU Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), Spartasoft, and National Honor Society: Charitas Chapter. He has been on the Dean's List for 3 semesters. This summer, Steve plans to obtain an internship in computer science.

Service Recognition Award Recipients

Dianna Kay is an executive board member and current Webmaster of the MSU Women in Computing student group (WIC). She is Webmaster for the Michigan Celebration of Women in Computing, a regional conference designed to address the alarming decline of women choosing computer science as a profession. Dianna attended Google’s Computer Science Summer Institute in 2008. This summer, Dianna will continue working at MSU-CIBER, helping to convert their website from ASP to ASP.NET.

Stephanie Ortiz is Vice President of MSU Women in Computing, E-board member and Webmaster for the MSU Chapter of the Society of Women Engineers, and a member of the Society of Hispanic Engineers. Stephanie attended the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing in October 2008. After graduation, she looks forward to working as a Software Engineer in Quality for in San Francisco this July.

(Date Posted: 2009-03-26)