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Two receive fellowships

Spectrum Volume 17 Issue 11 - November 3, 1994

Vendetta Knight of Baltimore and Collin Ramdeen of Laie, Hawaii, have each received a Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) fellowship to complete their doctoral studies at Virginia Tech.

The SREB Doctoral Scholars Program provides fellowships of $17,000 per year for three years to increase the number of minority students who earn Ph.D. degrees and become faculty members at institutions of higher education. The program seeks students who have done well academically as undergraduate and graduate students. Special consideration is given to students interested in the arts and sciences, engineering, or business.

Knight came to Virginia Tech's College of Engineering as its first General Electric Fellow last year. The electrical engineering major received her B.S. in EE from Morgan State University and her M.S. from State University of New York, Binghamton, where she held a teaching assistantship and worked on semi-conductor devices.

As a doctoral student, Knight is studying with the micro-electronics group at Virginia Tech, doing research on monolithic microwave integrated circuits (MMIC). She is analyzing electro-magnetic and semiconductor transport phenomena that affect MMIC devices. This research will one day be the basis for improved Computer Aided Design (CAD) tools.

She would like to do research and development for private industry and then return to a university to teach and do research. She worked with NASA at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., for one summer, at the nuclear research facility at Los Alamos, N.M., for two summers, and at Motorola Semiconductor Products Sector last summer.

Ramdeen is seeking his Ph.D. in accounting because, after seven years of practice in accounting and taxation, and teaching part-time at the local community college in Plantation, Fla., he decided he wanted to teach at the university level.

He earned his bachelor's degree at Brigham Young University in 1985, and his master's degree in accounting from the University of Florida earlier this year. In addition to the SREB fellowship, Ramdeen received the Midland Enterprises Ltd. Scholarship during his last three years of undergraduate studies, and was on the National Deans List.