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05-08-2005

Clarkson Senior Nadeeka Yapa Honored With Levinus Clarkson Award

[A photograph of Nadeeka Yapa receiving her award is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/levinus2005.jpg]

Established in 1906 by University founders Elizabeth and Frederica Clarkson in memory of their brother, Levinus, the scholarship was first awarded in 1909.

Yapa, a member of Clarkson’s Honors Program, received a bachelor of science degree in Electrical Engineering, with a minor in mathematics, and graduated from Clarkson with a perfect cumulative grade-point average of 4.0. She has been a Presidential Scholar for eight semesters and vice president of the Society of Engineers on campus. She is also a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. levinus2005

Yapa recently won a coveted National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. The Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) provides three years of financial support for graduate study leading to research-based master’s or doctoral degrees and is intended for students who are at the early stages of their graduate study. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in the relevant science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines, including women in engineering and computer information science.

Yapa served on Clarkson’s Honors Program Steering Committee, as a Student Support Services tutor for Calculus III and Differential Equations, and volunteered at the Potsdam Village Library.

She was also a member of Clarkson’s Cross-Country team.

Communications and signal processing are Yapa’s research interests. She has been involved in two directed study projects on “Chaos in Power Systems and Genetic Algorithms in Induction Motor Efficiency.” In 2004, Yapa served an internship at Exxon Mobil.

Clarkson University, located in Potsdam, New York, is an independent university with a reputation for developing innovative leaders in engineering, business and the arts and sciences. Its academically rigorous, collaborative culture involves 2,700 undergraduates and 400 graduate students in hands-on team projects, multidisciplinary research, and real-world challenges. Many faculty members achieve international recognition for their scholarship and research, and teaching is a priority at every level. For more information, visit http://www.clarkson.edu.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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