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Mariana Cruz, George Mason University

Mariana Cruz completed her bachelor's degree in Civil and Infrastructure Engineering in spring 2011. She tutored for the engineering school, completed research overseas, appeared on the Dean's list five times and received the GMU Alumni Association Outstanding Senior Award. Mariana was also president of GMU's chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), She will attend the University of Delaware this fall for graduate work in structural engineering.


Bassam Dourassi, George Mason University


Bassam Dourassi graduated in spring 2011 with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering. During his stay at George Mason, he was on the Dean's list every semester. Bassam attended the Systems Information and Engineering track of the 2010 VA-NC Alliance Summer Research Program, and presented Communication Interface for a Prostate Cancer Simulator at the 2011 Alliance Symposium. Bassam currently works for Intel, in Oregon, as a quality and reliability engineer.


Avis Foster, George Mason University

Avis Foster completed her degree in applied mathematics with a minor in visual technology, graduating in spring 2011. On the Dean's list for six semesters while at GMU, Avis was also selected by a group of faculty researchers in the mathematics department to work on an NSF funded research project, presenting her results both at George Mason and at national conferences. Avis is attending the University of Alabama for her graduate studies.


Tarek Lahlou, George Mason University


Tarek Lahlou finished his BS in electrical engineering in spring 2011. In 2009, he began working on a project entitled Radio Transmitter Localization for Health Care Applications in Rural Guatemala, and published a paper with his advisor. At the Alliance's 2011 symposium, Tarek also presented RHEED Image Analysis on Epitaxial Niobium Thin Films. Tarek is pursuing a Ph.D. in electrical engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and has been awarded the MIT School of Engineering Lemelson Fellowship.


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