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School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science Scholarships

Harriet B. Rigas Memorial Scholarship Fund

  • Awarded to Computer Engineering students according to established selection procedures in the EECS department
  • Preference given to women and minorities
  • Recipient must have at least a 3.2 GPA
About the Donor

The late Prof. Harriett B. Rigas has a worldwide reputation for hybrid computer and computer simulation research. At Washington State University between 1966 and 1984, she was eventually both full professor and chair of Electrical and Computing Engineering. Later she chaired larger departments at the Navy’s Postgraduate School in Monterey and, at the time of her death, Michigan State University.

Prof. Rigas helped create the technology that made it feasible to update computer operating systems through the use of automatic patches, such as that available today in software referred to as “upgrades.”  She also improved methods used to create codes used by computers to store and manipulate data.

In 1984 she was named IEEE Fellow “for contributions to programming of analog/hybrid computers and to the development of computer engineering curricula.”  She served on the IEEE Board of Directors in 1988, and as the IEEE Division V Director.  Her research and career milestones set an inspirational example for students aspiring to technical careers in the fields supported by the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

This fund provides scholarship or fellowship assistance for EECS students, with preference for minorities and women. The fund shall be used at the discretion of the director of electrical and computer engineering.

To Contribute to This Fund

If you would like to make a gift to this scholarship fund, please contact:
Devon Anderson
Senior Director of Development
School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science