Drexel University’s College of Computing & Informatics (CCI) congratulates Sonia Pascua, PhD information science candidate, who recently received the Dan Drew Award from Upsilon Pi Epsilon (UPE), the international honor society for the computing and information disciplines.
The Dan Drew Award is UPE’s highest scholarship award and is given once annually. The award is named after Dan Drew, PhD, a UPE pioneer who was the principal adviser to the six computer science students credited with the founding of UPE at Texas A&M University in 1967.
Pascua, who currently serves as president of Drexel's chapter of UPE, was selected for the award by the UPE executive council based on her commitment to excellence in student leadership, scholarship and societal outreach, not only at Drexel but throughout her entire career.
Pascua’s research interests include information theoretic framework for information representation, knowledge organization, and predictive analytics of information retrieval systems.
Pascua holds a Master of Science in computer science, a certificate in information technology, and a Bachelor of Science in library and information science from the University of the Philippines Diliman. She is a 2019 fellow of the Library Education and Data Science for the National Digital Platform (LEADS-4-NDP) program.
In addition to pursuing her doctorate, Pascua serves as instructor of record at CCI and as the secretary of the Administrative Committee (AdCom) of Philadelphia Section of the IEEE.
She formerly served as a research assistant within CCI’s Metadata Research Center, and as an ontologist and researcher for the Biomedical Data Translator Project at the National Center for Translational Sciences in the National Institute of Health (NIH).
About Upsilon Pi Epsilon
The Upsilon Pi Epsilon Association was founded at Texas A&M University in 1967 for those students and faculty who exhibit superior scholastic and professional achievement in the computing science curriculum. It remains the only national honor society for the computing sciences and is recognized as such by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and IEEE Computer Society. In 1997, Upsilon Pi Epsilon was admitted as a member of the Association of College Honor Societies — the parent organization for all academic honor societies in North America.
Drexel University was chartered in 1989 as the fifth chapter of the state of Pennsylvania to the Association by the Executive Council of Upsilon Pi Epsilon.