Electronics & Communications Division Awards
Ralph A. Evans Award
The Ralph A. Evans Award is for long term, exemplary service to the division.
It may be given out no more than once a fiscal year and does not have to be given out in any particular year.
The recipient should have provided long term service that was above and beyond the requirements of whatever ECD volunteer positions that they have held. Preferably they should have held multiple positions over multiple years. The recipient can be recognized at the annual RAMS conference and receive gratis registration to the conference.
ECD Best Paper Award
Award for the best paper presented by an ECD Member at an ECD Sponsored National/International Conference, over a one year time period. The conferences are RAMS and the ASQ World Conference. This award carries a substantial honorarium, and can include gratis registration to RAMS in the year awarded. Potential candidates must be an ECD member at time of paper acceptance through presentation at the conference, and inform ECD RAMS Liaison or ASQ World Conference Liaison of paper acceptance in order to assure their paper is included in those to be judged by ECD. Elected Leadership (Chair, Chair Elect, Treasurer and Secretary) and Committee Chairs are not eligible for this award.
Sandford "Sandy" Liebesman
Purpose: This scholarship was created to help division members, their family or friends defray the costs associated with college expenses.
Award: $2500 scholarship fund. Scholarship funds will be dispersed to one or more deserving students in the Spring of each year.
Natalie Keohane - $1500
Natalie Keohane is a senior at McIntosh High School in Peachtree City, Georgia. She plans on pursuing a career in pharmaceutical sciences with a goal of achieving a Doctor of Pharmacy degree at either the University of Georgia, Georgia Institute of Technology, or Northeastern University. She plans participate in undergraduate research and study abroad programs. Throughout high school she was a member of the varsity soccer team; in 2018 her team won the Georgia 5A State Championship! Keohane has been a member of her high school’s Beta Club, the Health Occupations Student of America club and the National Honor Society. She has volunteered at Winshape Day Camps and loves working with kids from her community
Hannah Ayer - $1000
Hannah Ayer is from Pickerington, OH and is currently a freshman at Kent State University majoring in Psychology. Hannah is involved with the Education, Health, and Human Services Living Learning Community at her school. She is also a member of CHAARG, a workout organization for girls that promotes fitness and health. Prior to college she was active with both concert and marching bands, and was a solo and ensemble performer on both flute and piccolo. Ayer also was on the cross country team, the Butterfly Club, and was a student representative on the Girls Up Club. She is very active with her church where she has served as a volunteer for Vacation Bible School, Work Camp, and the Buddy Ministry.
Sophie Fox - $1400
Sophie Fox resides in Maplewood, NJ, and will soon be graduating from Columbia High School. Beginning this fall she will attend Tufts University School of Engineering. She has a perfect 4.0 GPA and is a member of the National Honor Society. Throughout her youth Sophie has been involved in sports; she played high school field hockey where she served as captain during her senior year, and she plays varsity softball. In her spare time, Sophie loves working with children. She has been a classroom assistant at her synagogue’s Hebrew school for the past five years, she tutors children in the Achieve Foundation of South Orange (NJ) and Maplewood, and she has tutored Syrian refugee children. For the past two summers she is has worked as a camp counselor. Despite being from NJ, Sophie is an avid Boston sports fan!
Hannah Ayer - $600
Hannah Ayer is from Pickerington, OH and will soon be graduating from Pickerington North High School. She will be continuing her education at Kent State University as a major in Moderate to Intensive Educational Needs. Hannah is part of her school's service learning program where she mentors and oversees a first grade classroom. For the past two years, she has assisted special needs students at her school. Previously she has worked in a nursing and rehabilitation center and she is now currently working in retail. Hannah is a member of the National Honors Society and a four year member of her school's marching and symphonic bands. She earned an academic letter for her performance as a student and a varsity letter in cross country
Kevin Spichiger - $500
Kevin Spichiger resides in Stamford, CT, and will soon be graduating from Westhill High School. This fall he plans on majoring in Actuarial Science at Temple University. Kevin is an AP scholar award recipient. He is actively involved as a mentor; he mentors third graders and high school students in mathematics; in addition he serves as group leader helping incoming freshmen transition to high school. He is a four year member his school’s ski club where he served as treasurer. He is also a founding member of Westhill High’s Stock & Finance Club where he served as both a board member and treasurer. Kevin is an Eagle Scout and a member of the Order of the Arrow. He is a state certified soccer referee allowing him to work as an official for elementary and middle school games.
The ASQ Electronics and Communications Division Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce that it has awarded a $1,500 scholarship to Melissa J. Downes, from Randolph, N.J.
Melissa J. Downes
Melissa Downes is a senior and honor roll student at Randolph High School. She has a 4.1 GPA and ranks in the top 20 percent of her high school class. Melissa plans to enroll in a six year pharmacy degree program at Rutgers University. She is an avid lacrosse player; she is the team captain, has started every varsity game during her four year high school career, and has earned Second Team All-League distinction. Melissa works part-time as a recreation assistant for Forge Fitness at the U.S. Army’s Picatinny Arsenal, in Dover, N.J. In addition, she volunteers for the Morris County Chapter for Habitat for Humanity.
The Electronics and Communications Division’s Scholarship Committee and its Management Committee wishes Melissa Downes the very best during her academic career and congratulates her on this noteworthy accomplishment.
The Electronics & Communications Division Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce that it awarded $2500 in scholarships to four deserving recipients.
Arden Stayer resides in Coopersburg, PA and will soon be graduating from Southern Lehigh High School. She is a member of the National Honor Society and a four year member of her school’s Varsity Swim & Dive team. Arden is an accomplished artist who has earned several awards and has had her work displayed at a gallery show. She also serves as a tutor.
Arden speaks fluent Spanish and plans to learn Polish. She enjoys traveling abroad and has gotten the opportunity to travel to Costa Rica, Greece, Italy and Poland, and she will soon be visiting Ireland. During the summers Arden is a lifeguard and swim lesson instructor. Currently she is working part time as a hostess and expeditor for a local restaurant.
Beginning this fall Arden will attend Swanson School of Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh.
Thomas Evan Kelemen
Evan Kelemen is from Westlake, Ohio and is currently a sophomore biological engineering student at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN. In addition to his studies, he is an undergraduate researcher at Purdue’s Tantama lab which researches biosensors, fluorescent proteins, neurobiology and microscopy. He is also an undergraduate calculus teaching assistant.
Evan is involved with several student organizations, most notable as a member of the Purdue student chapter of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers where he currently serves as its treasurer. He serves as the treasurer for the Biological & Food Process Engineering Club.
Evan also finds time to serve on the Purdue Stadium Rescue Squad and he is also an Eagle Scout.
Timothy Spichiger is a senior at Granville High School in Granville, OH. He is a senior class officer, a member of the National Honor Society, and an All-State swimmer in both the 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle in both his junior and senior years. He is an academic letter recipient, a four year varsity athlete, the swim team captain and the team’s MVP. Timmy is a year round competitive swimmer and has achieved numerous USA sectional and junior national cuts.
During the summers, Timmy is a lifeguard, a swim coach and teaches swim lessons. This fall he will continue his academic career as pre-med major at DePauw University in Greencastle, IN. In addition he will continue his swim career at the collegiate level.
Victoria Walsh will soon be graduating from Morris Hills High School in Rockaway, NJ, and will continue her education as an exercise science major at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania. She is a member of the National Honor Society, the Pi Alpha Theta Social Studies Honor Society, her high school’s Business Honor Society and the National Society of High School Scholars. She is also a multiple recipient of the Excelsior Award.
Victoria was a cheerleader for four years and served as the Cheer Captain this past year. She has also performed countless hours of community service, particularly with Special Olympics and the Rockaway Twp. Rockets cheerleading squad.
The Electronics and Communications Division’s Scholarship Committee and its Management Committee wishes all the scholarship recipients the very best during their academic career and congratulates them on this noteworthy accomplishment.
The Electronics & Communications Division Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce that it awarded a $500 scholarship to Shelley Herman from Verona, NJ. Ms. Herman is the inaugural recipient of this scholarship. She will soon graduate from Verona High School and in the fall will attend Boston University pursuing a double major in Computer Science and Chinese Language & Culture. As part of her academic studies, Shelley will be studying abroad in China!
Ms. Herman earned this scholarship due to her high academic performance and multitude of extra circular activities. She has a 4.2 GPA and is in the top 10% of her class. Shelley is in both the National Honor Society and the Math Honor Society. She is a member of the Marching Band, Concert Band and also the Jazz Band. Shelley plays many musical instruments – clarinet, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, guitar, violin, and piano – and she sings too! Athletically, she is a four year varsity softball player.
Away from school, Shelley has worked part time three days a week for the local YMCA assisting with the After Care programs in Verona’s local grammar schools. During the summer she has worked as a YMCA camp counselor and a softball camp counselor. In addition Shelley is actively involved with her church’s youth group and is a volunteer CCD teacher assistant.