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Students awarded scholarships from computer science honorary

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Two students from West Virginia University have been awarded scholarships from Upsilon Pi Epsilon, the computer science honorary.

The students – Matthew Witkowski and Naman Kohli – were selected based of their academic records, extra-curricular activities and the recommendation of WVU UPE Chapter Advisor, Cindy Tanner. Each received a $1,000 scholarship.

Witkowski, a senior from Annapolis, Maryland, was selected at the undergraduate level. Witkowski, the president of the WVU chapter of UPE, is currently working on a facial recognition pet feeder for his Senior Design Project and conducting an internship with Fusion Technology to learn web app development solutions.

A native of India, Kohli was awarded at the graduate level. He is currently working on his PhD in computer science and already has more than 200 citations from his research. His research interests include biometrics, computer vision and deep learning. He won the best paper award at the Winter Conference on Applications of Computer Vision 2016 and best poster award at the International Joint Council on Biometrics 2017. He has also taught Java to first-year students in the Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering the previous four years.

UPE was founded for students, faculty and computing professionals who exhibit superior scholastic and professional achievement in the computing and information disciplines. More than 200 chapters internationally nominated students for the awards with only 30 presented worldwide.



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