Tim Weeks, a senior Electrical Engineering and Systems Engineering major at Stevens Institute Technology, has been selected as a winner of the 2012 Scholarship Award competition of the Metropolitan Club Chapter of the Association of Old Crows. The association, which provides advocacy, events, and publications for electronic warfare and information operations, asked electrical engineering departments at universities across the country to nominate outstanding students for a scholarship. Dr. Yu-Dong Yao, director of the Department of Electrical Engineering, nominated Tim for the award.
“Tim is an outstanding student with an infectious enthusiasm that helps elevate the work of any team or group,” says Dr. Yao.
Tim entered Stevens as part of the Scholars program, which has allowed him to complete a systems engineering master’s degree at the same time as his electrical engineering bachelor’s degree. Tim asserts that his fascination with electrical engineering is a product of his love for solving problems and appreciation for logical consistency. He explains, “Each project is a challenge and a puzzle that you have to solve, and there is that element of critical thinking in addition to the mathematical and scientific aspects. There can be an infinite number of solutions to a problem, and that gives you the opportunity to distinguish yourself.”
After a summer internship facilitated by the Stevens Office of Career Development, Tim was offered a full time position at UBS after graduation. “I am now going into financial engineering, and the same thing attracted me to this discipline, and that is the exhilaration of solving a problem for someone.” He has continued to demonstrate his eagerness to take on challenges as part of the Stevens team at the 2013 Solar Decathlon, sponsored by the US Department of Energy. His team is responsible for designing the electrical systems, designing a linked collection of solar panels as well as a monitoring system to control and make decisions for the house.
Beyond his active participation in academic pursuits at Stevens, he has found involvement in campus life to be greatly rewarding. “I really enjoyed how easy it was to get involved in extracurricular activities at Stevens. As a junior, I became president of Alpha Sigma Phi, and that same year I decided that I wanted to help pump up school spirit, so I began joining a bunch of organizations to promote the Stevens community and try to get people involved.” He is a member of the Order of Omega Honor Society and the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Society, and he has held numerous leadership positions including President of the Gear and Triangle Honor Society and Vice President of the Interfraternity Council.
When joining a group or organization, Tim is prepared to take any role that will benefit the group, but he has often found himself gravitating toward leadership positions. “If someone needed to step up, I would step up. I want to help propel the project forward as efficiently and effectively as possible. I also love talking to people, and getting everyone involved, so I think that helps me to be comfortable with leadership positions.”
Tim, along with a group of seven classmates, recently helped to promote the Stevens “Return to Glory,” a large concert behind Hayden Hall. “Seeing the reactions, the Facebook statuses, the Tweets, and the general excitement about something that has come out of the Stevens Community for the benefit of the Stevens Community is tremendously satisfying.”
Tim notes that he has seen more attendance at sporting events and more involvement in all aspects of campus life than ever before. “It’s amazing to be part of a class that is raising the bar for campus involvement.”
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