Computer Engineering Major Dennis Sosa Awarded Kenneth Short Scholarship

Dennis Sosa is a first-generation college student and part of SBU's EOP/AIM program.

Dennis Sosa is a first-generation college student and part of SBU’s EOP/AIM program.

Dennis Sosa, a senior in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences (CEAS), is the recipient of this year’s Kenneth Short Scholarship. He is majoring in Computer Engineering with a minor in Computer Science, is a first-generation college student and part of Stony Brook’s Educational Opportunity Program (EOP/AIM).

Receiving the Kenneth Short Scholarship has helped Sosa pay for his tuition, which has allowed him more time to focus on his studies. Last year he worked two part-time jobs as a tutor and in dining services to manage expenses. Sosa was also one of only five students from CEAS to be selected as a software engineer intern at Goldman Sachs, and he completed a research internship with Computer Science Professor Paul Fodor on artificial intelligence planning with logic programming.

Sosa is President of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, website editor for the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and website editor for Eta Kappa Nu Electrical and Computer Engineering Honor Society.

After graduation, Sosa plans to pursue a full-time position in embedded systems in software engineering. He is also considering graduate school through a fellowship opportunity here at Stony Brook University, and at the University of Illinois, University of Southern California and University of Maryland.

The Kenneth Short Scholarship is awarded annually to a CEAS senior majoring in Computer Engineering who embody Professor Short’s spirit of academic excellence.

“Ken is a champion of engineering education, having pioneered flagship courses that are critical to improving our student offering,” said Petar Djuric, Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. “He has a recipe for success that we continue to model in our classrooms and labs. We are grateful for his many contributions to our undergraduate programs and look forward to his ongoing insight and expertise.”

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