IT&E Honors Students, Faculty, and Alumni

Posted: March 16, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Kate Passin

The School of Information Technology (IT&E) hosted its annual Spring Awards Banquet last night to pay tribute to some of the school’s most-talented students, faculty members, and alumni. Seven people were honored in total.

A. Glenn Richardson is this year’s Outstanding Undergraduate Student. Richardson, who graduates in May with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, is involved in numerous honor societies and has served as a tutor for various electrical and computer engineering classes. Marc Christensen, a Ph.D. candidate in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), received Outstanding Graduate Student honors. His numerous accomplishments include establishing the university’s first fiber-optics instructional lab.

Ravi Sandhu, a professor in the Department of Information and Software Engineering, received IT&E’s Outstanding Research Faculty Award. Sandhu has served as a principal investigator on approximately 20 research grant proposals. The Outstanding Teaching Award went to Bernd-Peter Paris, an associate professor in ECE. During his 10 years at George Mason, Paris has successfully taught courses ranging from the freshman to doctoral level. Carl Schaefer, an IT&E adjunct professor since the fall of 1999, received the Outstanding Adjunct Professor Award.

Two alumni awards were handed out last night. Anousheh Ansari was named the Outstanding Alumnus of Entrepreneurial Excellence, and Suneeth Nayak was named the Outstanding Alumnus of Technical Management. Ansari received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering in 1988 and recently sold her telecom company to Sonus Networks, a leading provider of voice infrastructure. She is now the vice president of Sonus Networks. Nayak obtained his M.S. in Computer Science from George Mason and is currently vice president of technology at Information Management Consultants, Inc., a systems integration and consulting company.

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