Electrical and Computer Engineering PhD, 2012
I am extremely fortunate and thankful to have received the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. The fellowship has allowed me to continue my research without being constrained by finances and provides the freedom to pursue the research I choose.
The prestige of winning this award has opened many doors such as international collaboration, conference travel, and is very beneficial to those interested in a career in academia. I intend to leverage the fellowship to establish strong international ties to promote my career ambitions of providing sustainable power to remote and underdeveloped regions of the world and to positively impact science and engineering education abroad.
David has also been awarded a Fulbright Young Scholar Award for research in Sao Paolo, Brazil. He plans to work with graduate students at the University of Sao Paolo on how best to incorporate STEM education into K-12 schools in the city.