The College of Engineering and Architecture hosted an Ice Cream Social yesterday for students, faculty, and staff on the ETRL Courtyard. The event was well attended and the ice cream was from Ferdinands. Many CEA student groups got to meet and greet potential members and show off accomplishments.
PULLMAN, Wash. - Two Washington State University undergraduates have been selected to receive the prestigious Boren Award for International Study. Only 161 applicants from a pool of 1,014 received the national scholarship, which provides $20,000 for one year.
Recipients of the award are Philip Pitts, a sophomore computer science and Chinese language and culture major and member of the Honors College at WSU, and Erika Cunningham, a senior mathematics and Chinese language and culture major. They plan to use their awards to study in China and gain mastery of Mandarin Chinese.
In addition, Nicole Smolinske, a senior political science and philosophy major and member of the Honors College at WSU, was selected as an alternate for the award. Her goal is to study in Thailand.
Pitts follows in the footsteps of fellow Honors student Anna Breigenzer, who last year received a Boren award and studied in China.
Abdur Rehman, a senior in electrical engineering, received a second place award for his poster, titled “The Cost to Benefit Analysis of Direct Load Control in Smart Grid Applications,” at the 2012 IEEE Power & Energy Society Transmission and Distribution Conference, which is the largest biennial power engineering event in the world.
Working with his advisor, Anurag Srivastava, assistant professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Rehman has been conducting his research on the use of Direct Load Control (DLC) by utilities companies to reduce blackouts and brownouts.
Direct Load Control allows utilities to control electrical applications in households and businesses as a way to reduce electricity demand during peak times. For consumers, the practice can improve the stability, reliability, and cost of electric power, and utilities don’t have to produce more power.