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Computer Engineering Major Madeline Loui Wins 2021 Love Family Foundation Scholarship

Atlanta, GA

Computer engineering major Madeline Loui has been selected to receive the 2021 Love Family Foundation Scholarship. The $10,000 scholarship is awarded annually to a Georgia Tech graduating senior with the most outstanding scholastic record. It represents one of the highest academic honors given to an undergraduate student.  

“It is such a wonderful privilege to be recognized by the Institute for such a prestigious honor. It means so much not only to receive recognition, but also support and encouragement from Georgia Tech as I continue my pursuit of higher education,” Loui said. 

Beyond her exemplary academic record, Loui has participated in impactful research, impressive industry internships, and inspiring service and leadership activities during her time at Georgia Tech. She is the recipient of several prestigious awards, fellowships, and honors, including the 2020 Intel Semiconductor Research Corporation Undergraduate Research Program Scholar Fellowship, the 2020 Roger P. Webb ECE Outstanding Service and Outreach Award, the 2019 Texas Instruments Women in Engineering Scholarship, and the 2018 Ford Women in Engineering Scholarship. 

Madeline is one of just five students nominated this year for the award. Each year, all six colleges nominate one top graduating student, and the winner is then chosen collectively by the academic associate deans.

“This year, we are also excited to honor the finalists for the first time with the inaugural Provost’s Academic Excellence Award,” said Steven P. Girardot, associate vice provost for undergraduate education. Girardot has led the selection committee for several years, and he is always impressed with the caliber of students nominated. “These five outstanding students will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship and also recognized at the annual student honors program.” 

Loui spent her summers interning at Qualcomm, Northrup Grumman, and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. At Qualcomm, as a remote software engineering intern, she developed tests to evaluate WiFi connectivity on mobile devices. At Northrup Grumman, as a software engineering intern, Madeline developed a data validation tool. As a science data processing intern at NASA, she helped integrate an infrared sensor into an embedded satellite system for the SpaceCube RRM3 mission and process data for a wildfire detection project. 

In addition to her internship experiences, she participated in several research projects here at Georgia Tech including the Opportunity Research Scholars (ORS) Program – in which she conducted image processing research on images of Jupiter as part of the NASA JunoCam Team; a Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) team which included the development of embedded vision and machine learning applications in resource-constrained FPGA platforms for smart city applications, which helped launch the Atlanta North Corridor Smart City Initiative; and another VIP project in conjunction with NASA to develop technologies to enable space onboard data processing. 

Loui also embodies Georgia Tech’s mission of “Progress and Service” through her outreach and leadership endeavors. She is the vice president of the Women in Electrical and Computer Engineering (WECE) student group and provides mentoring to school-age children and current WECE members as well as coordinating scholarship and networking activities for WECE. She is involved in the STEMpower Mentoring Program, which encourages Girl Scout Troops to explore STEM fields. She is also heavily involved in Baptist Collegiate Ministries.

Loui has been accepted to MIT’s EECS Ph.D. program for fall 2021, where she has been offered a fully funded research assistant position. She plans to pursue a career in academia as a result of her various experiences as a mentor at Georgia Tech. 

“We are so proud that Madeline has been recognized for her commitment to academic rigor as seen in her research, while also making time to provide mentorship to other female undergraduates and K12 students within the engineering community,” said Raheem Beyah, dean and Southern Company Chair for the College of Engineering. “Personally, I’m thrilled that a fellow graduate from the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering has received this prestigious honor and beyond pleased that she will continue her academic pursuits as a Ph.D. student in the fall at MIT.” 

“My experiences in WECE and STEMpower, leading a research group, and being a TA helped me realize how much I love mentoring others, particularly in an academic setting,” Loui said. "I realized I was passionate about teaching, inspiring, and helping others grow and reach their goals, just like some of my mentors at Georgia Tech did for me."

 

Last revised March 29, 2021