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SSE Honors Superb Academic Achievement, Leadership and Service in 2021 Graduate Student Awards

The SSE underscores the academic and interpersonal accomplishments of the master's and doctoral degree candidates who have made their mark on the school during the 2020-2021 academic year.

As the 2020-2021 academic year approaches its close, the School of Systems & Enterprises (SSE) commemorates the exemplary efforts of its master’s and doctoral degree candidates with an SSE tradition: the graduate student awards. 

SSE has selected 15 recipients across its annual graduate student awards categories, which broadly recognize students for superb academic achievement in degree programs, capstones and theses, as well as leadership and service. 

This year, SSE is proud to announce the following 2021 graduate student award winners:

Academic Achievement in a Systems Engineering Program

  • David Romens, Master of Engineering, Systems Engineering

Academic Achievement in the Engineering Management Program

  • Gina Dello Russo, Ph.D., Socio-Technical Systems

Academic Achievement in the Systems Analytics Program

  • Angelica Torres, Master of Engineering, Systems Analytics

Academic Achievement in the Software Engineering Program

  • Xinyi Ye, Master of Engineering, Computer Software
  • Haodong Wu, Master of Engineering, Computer Software

Academic Achievement in a Doctoral Program in the SSE

  • Safa Elkefi, Ph.D., Engineering Management

Outstanding Master’s Project Award 

  • Yinghui Cai, Master of Engineering, Computer Software

Best Student Paper Award

  • Xiangpeng Wan, Ph.D., Systems/Industrial Engineering
  • Avishek Choudhury, Ph.D., Systems Engineering

Fabrycky-Blanchard Award

  • Raif Bucar, Ph.D., Engineering Management
  • Batyr Charyyev, Ph.D., Systems Engineering
  • Brian Chell, Ph.D., Systems Engineering

Outstanding Dissertation Award

  • Michael Lucic, Ph.D., Systems Engineering
  • Ross Arnold, Ph.D., Systems Engineering

Distinguished Leadership by a Ph.D. Student in the SSE 

  • Ambrosio Valencia-Romano, Ph.D., Systems Engineering

SSE Exceptional Achievement Award

  • Avishek Choudhury, Ph.D., Systems Engineering
  • Xiangpeng Wan, Ph.D., Systems/Industrial Engineering