Rowan engineering student awarded Jerry Kilby Memorial Scholarship
The Professional Engineering Society of Southern New Jersey (PESSNJ) awarded Rowan University senior engineering student Charlotte Cecere its $1,500 Jerry Kilby Memorial Scholarship.
The award honors former PESSNJ President Jerry Kilby and is awarded to a student who belongs to a professional society, seeks to become licensed, promotes professionalism, displays superior academic performance and demonstrates service in the field, according to the organization.
“I’m very honored to win this award,” says Cecere, a 22-year-old electrical and computer engineering major from Buena. “I hope to continue my involvement in professional societies and obtain my professional engineering license.”
She is a founding member of the Robotic Automation Society, past secretary for the National Engineering Honor Society and Tau Beta Pi, and past chair for Rowan’s student branch of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE).
Previously, she was awarded the IEEE Student Branch Leadership award for the Philadelphia Section, Student Leader for the South Jersey Section and the Edward J. Tonelli Award provided by South Jersey Gas Company for success in academics.
Cecere works under Dr. Robi Polikar, professor and chair of electrical and computer engineering, on the early diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease using pattern recognition. She currently interns for the Federal Aviation Administration.
Following her 2013 graduation, Cecere plans to continue her education, earning her doctorate in electrical and computer engineering and conducting research in the digital signal processing or pattern recognition and machine learning field.
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