Electrical and computer engineering graduate student wins Schlumberger fellowship

Zakia Asad, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University, has received a fellowship from the Schlumberger Foundation Faculty for the Future program.

Asad is part of the Telecommunications, Controls and Signal Processing Group in the department. Her advisor is Dr. Deepa Kundur.

Asad is interested in a broad range of system design problems with a focus on system security and fault tolerance, optimized system design and algorithmic and information theoretic aspects of networked systems. She was a session winner and won the taxonomy level first place prize at Texas A&M Student Research Week 2010. Other honors include the Presidential Scholarship, PITB Fellowship for M.Sc., Engineering, Star Girl of the Year award for highest excellence in academic and leadership performance, GBISE and Prof. K.U. Gold Medals for exceptional academic records. Asad said she owes her husband for a large part of her success.

The Schlumberger Foundation Faculty for the Future fellowships are awarded to women academics in science and engineering, and provide funding for advanced graduate study at top universities. The long-term goal of the Faculty for the Future program is to generate conditions that result in more young women pursuing scientific disciplines. Grant recipients are therefore selected as much for their leadership capabilities as their scientific talents. Launched by the Schlumberger Foundation in 2004, Faculty for the Future has grown to become a community of 194 women from 55 countries.