Georgia Tech Student Scholars Shine

Tech students earn accolades

Georgia Tech students are among the finest in the nation and many of them are being nationally recognized for their scholarly honors and accolades.

Adam Tart was selected from more than 300 applicants to receive the George J. Mitchell Scholarship. The Mitchell Scholarships are awarded annually to twelve Americans, under the age of 30, to pursue a year of post-graduate study at any university in Ireland.

"The finalists were interviewed the weekend of November 16-17 in Washington,
D.C.," said Tart. "I found out that I had won the award the very next day by phone when Mitchell Scholarship Director Mary Lou Hartman called me. I was impressed and relieved with how quickly they let me know the decision, since I didn't have to sit and wait and wonder nervously for very long."

He continued, "I'm really excited about getting to pursue a field that I'm really interested in (computer science) at a great university, in a beautiful country, with the amazing opportunity to travel around Europe and see more of the world, all funded by a prestigious scholarship."

Tart is a discrete mathematics major and will pursue a master's in mobile networking and computing at the University College Cork, located in Cork, Ireland.

The Mitchell Scholarship is named for former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell, who spearheaded the historic Good Friday Agreement of 1998, which produced peace in Northern Ireland. The Mitchell Scholarship recognizes outstanding young Americans who exhibit the highest standards of academic excellence, leadership and community service.

Georgia Tech biomedical engineering major Inn Inn Chen has been named a Marshall Scholar. The Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom.
Founded by a 1953 Act of Parliament, Marshall Scholarships are mainly funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and commemorate the humane ideals of the Marshall Plan conceived by General George C. Marshall. They express the continuing gratitude of the British people to their American counterparts.

The Marshall Scholarships are designed to enable intellectually distinguished young Americans to act as their country's ambassadors while studying in and gaining an appreciation of Britain. These young American scholars are able to contribute to the advancement of knowledge in science, technology, the humanities and social sciences and the creative arts at Britain's centers of academic excellence.

Inn Inn Chen has high ambitions as she wants to study tissue engineering and regenerative medicine at Oxford. She spent last summer as an intern at the National Institute of Health and has developed a sustainable solar-powered refrigerator for vaccine storage. Chen is also associate editor of the Journal of Young Investigators and leads the Engineering World Health chapter on the Georgia Tech campus to enable repair and shipment of life-saving equipment to areas of the world with critical needs. She is currently studying immune responses to new medical devices.

Andrew Marin, a chemical engineering student, has been named a Gates Cambridge Scholar. Gates Cambridge scholars are selected on the basis of intellectual abilities, leadership capacity and desire to use their knowledge to contribute to society throughout the world by providing service to their communities and applying their talents and knowledge to improve the lives of others.

Throughout his college career, Marin has been heavily involved with organizations that promote the chemical sciences. As president of the professional chemistry fraternity (Alpha Chi Sigma), he organized corporate seminars to display the most recent advancements in the chemical industry, and as chair of the chemical engineering student advisory board he worked to better student-faculty relationships

Marin also conducted research on unconventional solvent systems in the Eckert- Liotta Joint Research Group. In 2006, he was awarded the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship for his technical capabilities and leadership in organizations

Through course work and research, he has become interested in photovoltaic device materials. At Cambridge Marin will pursue a PhD in materials science and metallurgy and investigate the use of metal oxides to enhance solar energy conversion.

After graduate school, he will continue to research energy technology. Marin aspires to contribute to both technical and nontechnical communities through publications, innovations and outreach.

Other Georgia Tech students who have received this scholarship include Nabil Wilf (2007), Anthony Hylick (2005), and Jay Silver (2002).
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation established the Gates Cambridge Trust, which created an international scholarship program to enable outstanding graduate students from outside the United Kingdom to study at the University of Cambridge.

Jessica Heier, an industrial and systems engineering student, was one of 14 young engineers featured in USA Today. Each year, the National Engineers Week Foundation, a coalition of engineering societies, major corporations and government agencies, asks its members to nominate colleagues 30 years old and younger who have shown outstanding abilities and leadership. Heier was nominated for her work in humanitarian relief logistics to be part of the New Faces of Engineering.