Only 13 percent of engineers in the workforce are women, according to the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). The same analysis shows that over 32 percent of women switch out of STEM degree programs in college.
Ph.D. student Jessica Hoffmann received second place in the INFORMS Nicholson Student Paper competition. She received the award for her recent paper "Learning Graphs from Noisy Epidemic Cascades" with her advisor, WNCG professor Constantine Caramanis.
Epidemics are a powerful framework for modeling human and computer viruses, as well as influence, rumors, information and disinformation. Hoffmann’s research develops algorithms to solve an inverse problem on graphs, in order to understand the precise spreading mechanisms.
As an interdisciplinary center for research and education, WNCG is home to many talented minds. The group has grown steadily since its inception over 15 years ago and now comprises 23 faculty members and over 150 students and research staff.
The University of Texas Graduate Engineering Council hosted their annual Graduate and Industry Networking event (GAIN) on February 5. WNCG student Nitin Jonathan Myers won the ECE Departmental Research Award for the event’s poster session.
GAIN was conceived as a “broad networking opportunity that allows The Cockrell School of Engineering to showcase its best and brightest graduate students.” Along with a poster session, the event featured talks from industry representatives as well as a networking session that allowed students to connect with over 15 leading companies.
WNCG student Hyoyoung Jeong represented The University of Texas at Austin at the inaugural Engineering Ph.D. Summit in Lausanne, Switzerland. The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, or EPFL) hosted the summit, which was held November 7.
WNCG alumna Nasim Mohammadi Estakhri recently received a Graduate Student Fellowship from the IEEE Photonics Society. The program provides fellowships to outstanding graduate students pursuing education within the society’s field of interest. The fellowship is usually awarded to a student who, at the time of nomination, are in their final year of graduate study.