ECE Students Luis Garcia and Ming Tai Ha receive GAANN Fellowship

Luis Garcia and Ming Tai Ha became the first ECE GAANN Fellows. This Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) Fellowship provides need-based financial support to graduate students pursuing a degree in areas related to bioelectrical engineering at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), Rutgers University. Each GAANN Fellow receivesannual stipend up to $34,000, tuition remission at a level of post candidacy tuition, and health benefits.

Luis Garcia is a second-year PhD student pursuing a degree in Computer Engineering with a Cyber Security track. He received his Bachelor's and Master's degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Miami. His research interests are in the security and verification of cyber-physical and embedded systems that are widely used in critical infrastructures such as medical devices and industrial control systems. This past summer, he participated in an internship with Siemens Corporate Research working on the security of programmable logic controllers. Upon completion of his degree, he will pursue a career in academia with the hopes of continuing his research as well as teaching as a professor.
 
Ming Tai Ha is a first year graduate student and is currently a member of the Research in Advanced Distributed Cyberinfrastructure and Application Laboratory. As an undergraduate, he double majored in Material Science and Mathematics at Rutgers University. He intends to take his experience from undergraduate research in Molecular Dynamic and apply it to solve problems in Bioinformatics. Currently, he is prototyping a tool to enable other scientists to sequence DNA more efficiently. He aims to study more about different distributed infrastructure and pipelines in order to develop tools general enough to accommodate the growing computational demands of various fields. His main goal is to enable researchers from academia and industry by providing scalable, scientific computing solutions.