College of Engineering names student marshals for 2016 spring commencement
4/21/2017UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Yu-Tse Lin, Jeffrey Miller, Omar Montasser, all from the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, have been selected to serve as student marshals for the College of Engineering’s May 6 spring commencement.
College of Engineering marshals are selected for their outstanding academic achievement and contributions to engineering student life.
Lin will be the student marshal for the computer science baccalaureate program and will receive bachelor of science degrees in computer science, mathematics and statistics. He has chosen Danfeng Zhang, assistant professor of computer science, to be his faculty escort.
Lin is the son of Yin-Yin Wu and Chih-Lung Lin of Tainan, Taiwan. He is a 2012 graduate of Shanghai High School International.
In addition to his three majors, Lin has worked as a researcher on the general model of execution for fault localization for the computer science department. As a member of the Balala Fairies team for CodePSU 2017, Lin won second place in the competition.
Following graduation, Lin will also pursue his graduate degree in computer science at Penn State.
Miller will be the student marshal for the electrical engineering baccalaureate program and will receive a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering.He has chosen Xingjie Ni, the Charles H. Fetter assistant professor of electrical engineering, to be his faculty escort.
Miller is the son of John and Colleen Miller of Phoenixville, Pa. He is a 2013 graduate of Phoenixville Area High School.
As a Schreyer Honors College student, he wrote his thesis on “Large Volume Single Photon Detection,” and has been awarded the President’s Freshman Award, the President Spark’s Award and the Evan Pugh Scholar Award in the spring of 2016 and again this spring.
He was the recipient of the Lockheed Martin Corporation Student Scholarship, the Department of Electrical Engineering General Scholarship, the Edward and Rosemary Singel Award in Electrical Engineering and the James R. Kruest Scholarship in Electrical Engineering.
Miller worked as a software development intern working in the Locomotive Simulation Lab at GE Transportation and as an infotainment systems engineer working in automotive electronics at Delphi Electronics and Safety.
Following graduation, Miller will pursue a Ph.D. in electrical engineering at Cornell University.
Montasser will be the student marshal for the computer engineering baccalaureate degree program and will receive a bachelor of science degree in computer engineering and a master of science degree in computer science. He has chosen computer science and engineering Professor Sean Hallgren to be his faculty escort.
Montasser is the son of Tayeb Montasser and Nabila Al-Osta. He is a 2010 graduate of Jamal Abdul Naser, a Libyan high school.
As a student at Penn State, Montasser received a number of awards: the President’s Freshman Award, the President’s Sparks Award, the Evan Pugh Junior Award and the Evan Pugh Senior Award.
Montasser has done research in machine learning with computer science and engineering Professor Daniel Kifer. His work on predicting demographics of geographic regions from tweets has been published at the Thirty-First AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence. He also worked on research in the area of quantum computational complexity with Hallgren, investigating whether Quantum 3-SAT is downward self-reducible. He was also a member of Penn State’s Association for Computing Machinery.
Additionally, Montasser worked as a software engineering intern at iDirect, where he built an end-to-end validation simulator that tested iDirect’s network management system. He was also a data science intern at Shazam, where he developed machine learning applications for recommender systems.
Following graduation, Montasser will pursue a Ph.D. in computer science.
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