Christian Brothers University (CBU) students Steven Menezes, Shilpa Appurubugatha and Martin Tribo, members of the CBU student branch of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) placed first in the International IEEE Student Branch Website Contest and will receive a $1,000 prize and a customized certificate in recognition of their efforts.
While this marks the first time that the CBU Student Branch has claimed first place in the international competition, previously, in 2008 and 2009, CBU students placed runner-up in the international competition. On the regional level, they have participated in the IEEE SoutheastCon conference since the 1960s and their website won this regional competition for the past four years.
Team member, Steven Menezes, sums it up, “I am really proud of my team and the IEEE Student Branch at CBU for achieving this award. The development of our website has been a team effort by all of our members in the student branch. I’d especially like to thank some of our graduates Yuri de Souza, Boris de Souza, Russ Saliendra and Binh Nguyen who started working on the website back in 2007 and paved the way for these awards.”
Last year, the CBU Student Branch attended the IEEE SoutheastCon 2011 conference in Nashville, where more than more than 50 electrical engineering schools were in attendance for the conferobotics, web design and T-shirt competitions. At the conference, the website team consisting of Menezes, Appurubugatha and Tribo won first place for their web page.
The winners of the 10 regional conference competitions advanced to the international competition that consisted of IEEE student branches worldwide and included graduate and undergraduate programs. Each web site was evaluated by the Student Activities Committee (SAC) judging committee, based on the criteria of content, presentation, navigability, originality, portability and load time.
Dr. John Ventura, Chair of the Electrical / Computer Engineering department and faculty advisor of the student branch, stated, “While the credit can be given to the institutions that afforded these students the opportunity to compete in this competition, it was the hard work, dedication to excellence, leadership, teamwork and persistence of the students that won this award. The CBU website demonstrates the global diversity of our students and faculty.”
For more information on the CBU student branch of IEEE and CBU engineering programs, contact Dr. John Ventura at (901) 321-3429 or firstname.lastname@example.org.