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STEM Students Earn Honors

April 15, 2013

Young Asian man holding a computer that controls the robot at his side

Engineering major Michael Yeh, pictured alongside a computer that he built, has been honored by the Southern California Section of the Institute of Navigation.

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Mathematics major Emily Ramos garnered first place earlier this year at the Feb. 28-March 1 Emerging Researchers National Conference in STEM. The Washington, D.C., program's objectives include helping students enhance their communication skills to prepare for careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Ramos, a scholar in Cal State Fullerton's Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation program, was recognized for her research involving the statistical analysis of gene expressions. Her mentor is Gulhan Bourget, associate professor of mathematics.

Last month, Ramos was among several students to present talks at the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program 2013 grantees meeting in Washington, D.C. She presented "F-Test in Microarray Experiments." Over the winter break, the Fullerton resident joined other CSUF students in Thailand to work with faculty and students at Chiang Mail University.

Civil engineering students captured first place in the geotechnical competition at the April 4-6 American Society of Civil Engineers’ Pacific Southwest Conference at USC. Winning team members are Alex Lemmon, Kelby Styler, both of Irvine, Suzanne Moubayed of Mission Viejo and Michael Ayad of Covina. They built a wall to hold back about 800 pounds of sand and used the least material by weight to win.

It’s the first time that Cal State Fullerton has won the geotechnical competition and the only award the university received at this year’s conference. Students from 18 regional universities competed in the events. Earlier this year, the same team earned national awards at the American Society of Civil Engineers' Geo-Congress national competition in San Diego.

Closer to campus, electrical engineering graduate student Michael Yeh of Fullerton is the first recipient of the Kevin Rudolph Memorial Scholarship from the Southern California Section of the Institute of Navigation. Yeh '11 (B.S. electrical engineering) will receive a $2,500 scholarship award, which he credits is the result of support from his electrical engineering faculty mentors, Mohinder S. Grewal, Jidong Huang and Mostafa Shiva. Last year, Yeh became team leader for a group of engineering students won first place in the static competition at the ninth annual Institute of Navigation Robotic Lawn Mower Competition in Ohio.

By: Debra Cano Ramos, 657-278-4027

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