Dr. Narendra Nath Puri was a professor of Electrical Engineering at Rutgers for 38 years. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. He was intentional about moving Rutgers Engineering forward and countless students, faculty, staff and alumni have benefitted from his efforts. Dr. Puri passed away on Dec. 4, 2015, at the age of 82. Dr. Puri’s wife, Dr. Kamal Puri, has generously donated this scholarship in honor of her husband and his work.
This year there are two scholarship awardees - Intessar Al-Iedani and Lingyi Xu.
Intessar Al-Iedani received her B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from the Department of Computer Engineering, University of Basra, Iraq, in 2003 and 2006, respectively. She worked as an assistant instructor at the Department of Computer Engineering, University of Basra, Iraq, from 2007 to 2012. After receiving a Graduate fellowship from the Higher Committee for Education Development in Iraq (HCED) in 2012, she started pursuing her PhD study at Rutgers University. Intessar received a Graduate Fellowship from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rutgers University for the academic years of 2017-2018 and 2018-2019. She is currently a candidate Ph.D. student studying under the guidance of Prof. Zoran Gajic. Intessar’s research focuses on the order reduction of large-scale wind energy systems with double fed induction generators (DFIG) using the balancing and singular perturbation methods.
Lingyi Xu is a PhD student working with Dr. Zoran Gajic as her advisor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rutgers University. Her research is focused on control systems, computer vision and robotics. Lingyi recently received her MS at the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences in May 2017. Her thesis was titled, “Monocular Visual Measurement for Mobile Robot.”