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MIT Grad Students Win Chorafas Grants

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.-Two MIT graduate students in the School of Engineering -- Jimmy N. Shih of Flushing, N.Y., and Felecisimo Galicia of Windsor, Ont. -- have been awarded $4,000 research grants from the Chorafas Foundation in Berne, Switzerland.

Mr. Shih, 22, received his SB in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in 1996 and expects to complete an SB in Economics and a Master of Engineering degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences in 1997. He hopes to continue in the PhD program at MIT in September, 1997. Mr. Shih, a graduate of the Bronx High School of Science, interned at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California during the summers of 1994 and 1995, working on the Mars Pathfinder Spacecraft the first year and designing onboard architecture for autonomous spacecraft the second.

Mr. Galicia, 23, received his SB and Master of Engineering in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in 1996 while studying under a National Science Foundation Fellowship. Mr. Galicia, who is now studying at Harvard University, was an intern at the Digital and the Wireless Communications Departments at Bell Laboratories in New Jersey during the past two summers and has created a computer model that was used to discover innovative modifications in the Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing system.

The Chorafas Foundation was founded in 1992 by Professor Dimitris N. Chorafas, an international teacher and the author of more than 100 books on economics, business, science and information technology. The foundation awards 20 prizes each year to students from select schools in the U.S. and Europe. MIT was invited to participate in the awards program in 1996 and Professor Chorafas presented the first awards personally during a visit in November. Awards are presented for extraordinary scientific achievement in computers and communications technology, knowledge engineering and allied fields.

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