Browsing: Student Spotlight

Eric Andrew Engoron, a Stony Brook freshman majoring in computer science, won the Special Award in the College Division of the Japan Center’s Sixth Annual Essay Competition sponsored by Canon USA. His award-winning essay, “Doumo Arigaotu Mr. Roboto,” was very moving and inspirational, enlightening readers with the humane aspects of the utilization of robots to help disabled people like him live normal lives. One of Engoron’s aspirations is to join the Japanese team that has been developing robots for home use, which mainly helps disabled people. The second Special Award was given to Manami Ogami, a Stony Brook freshman who…

Stony Brook University student Yaseen Eldik has been named a 2011 Truman Scholar. The prestigious award is given each year by the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation to college juniors with “exceptional leadership potential who are committed to careers in government, nonprofit or advocacy sectors, education or elsewhere in the public service and to provide them with financial support for graduate study, leadership training and fellowship with other students who are committed to making a difference through public service.” “The Truman award speaks to Yaseen’s numerous and wide-ranging accomplishments and to his commitment to being an agent of change,” said…

The student project, “Design of a Device for Raising, Lowering, and Transporting a Disabled Individual with Limited Lower Body Strength,” by Mechanical Engineering seniors Thomas Galeotafiore, Justin Miles, Jeffrey Renert, and supervised by Professor Anurag Purwar, won first place at the 2010 ASME Mechanism and Robot Design Competition for undergraduate students held in Montreal, Canada, during the 2010 ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences. This competition is held annually and is conducted in two rounds with the final round culminating in an on-site competition among the top four invited teams from around the world. The teams make an oral presentation, a…

Geckoes and chameleons and iguanas, oh my! There is no scaling back senior Melissa Vodofsky’s interest in all things reptilian, particularly lizards. Vodofsky is proof that the unconventional path to higher education can work, providing that it is accompanied by a lifelong love of learning and an inextinguishable passion. The former New Jersey native, who now makes Stony Brook her home, took a few years off to work a variety of odd jobs before an unquenchable thirst for knowledge led her back to academia. In researching colleges, Vodofsky learned that Stony Brook is one of a select number of collegiate…

Travis W. Holloway has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarship to study philosophy in Germany. He was named a Graduate Fellow by the Fulbright Commission and will receive a research grant to study at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg. Holloway is one of more than 1,500 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program during the 2010-2011 academic year. “Travis is a thoughtful and inventive student who thinks globally about international trends in philosophy,” said Department of Philosophy Chair Robert P. Crease. “He spends as much time as he can in Europe, brushing up on languages…

Aaron McCasland’s fascination with Russia was in place long before he enrolled at Stony Brook. That interest was further fueled after flipping through the Undergraduate Bulletin and noticing that there was a trip to St. Petersburg available through the University’s International Academic Programs. As a result, he immersed himself in Russian culture by minoring in Russian and taking Russian literature classes and a Russian cinema class at Stony Brook, all of which prepared him for Russian culture once he enrolled in the  Study Abroad program. McCasland and his American classmates stayed in dorms, four to a suite. “The dorm did…

It’s the most advanced marketing course that a Stony Brook business student can take prior to graduating—and it culminates in what’s known as the Target Case Competition. For the past several years, students in Professor Camille Abbruscato’s Marketing Strategy course formed teams to discuss and research current business trends and presented their findings to a panel of Target executives from the metro area. On May 13 a dozen teams composed of three to six students each made their recommendations to improve Target’s strategic marketing of health and wellness-related products and initiatives before eight Target judges. The exercise, which involved extensive…

At a luncheon held in May, the Direct Marketing Association of Long Island (DMALI) announced their latest scholarship recipient, Julia Lee, a sophomore at Stony Brook majoring in marketing. “DMALI is very proud to award this year’s scholarship to such a high-achieving and well-regarded student,” said Denise Armstrong, co-chair of DMALI’s Scholarship Committee. “She has shown commitment and passion in her studies and her work experience, and we believe Julia has a bright future ahead in the marketing industry. We hope she will continue to strive for marketing excellence as she pursues her career goals,” said Armstrong. DMALI is a…

Students Peter Chang, Raksik Kim, and Maggie Wu from Stony Brook were awarded first place—$5,000, a BlackBerry® Smartphone, and a trip to CA’s user conference, CA World 2010, in Las Vegas—in CA’s Smartphone Challenge. CA’s competition challenged university students in North America to develop an application for the BlackBerry 9530 that made creative use of the BlackBerry Software Development Kit and leveraged data provided by CA Application Performance Management (APM). Submissions were judged on factors including the application’s value to the existing customer base, compatibility/certification with BlackBerry AppStore, presentation quality and technical proficiency, the usage of existing BlackBerry applications, and…

On April 24, seven AmeriCorps members from Stony Brook volunteered their time at the Town of Brookhaven’s Youth Stock event, a celebration of Brookhaven’s youth and their contributions to the community. A result of the Career Center’s community outreach initiatives, Stony Brook volunteers were in charge of assisting more than 40 employers at the mini-fair event, including The Suffolk County Coalition of Domestic Violence, Hobbs Community Farm, Generation Unleashed, and Response of Suffolk County. As part of the fair, organizations were able to distribute information to Brookhaven residents and provide free assessments or demonstrations. Volunteers handled logistics for the employers…

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