Amit Puranik Receives First Ever SSPI Scholarship
Amit Puranik, a second year student in the MS in Telecommunications program at George Mason University, was selected as the first recipient of the SSPI scholarship, sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Society of Satellite Professionals International. He was presented with this award by representatives from SSPI at the Volgenau School's Best and Brightest Reception on October 8.
The Society of Satellite Professionals International is is a nonprofit member-benefit society that serves satellite professionals throughout their careers. The Mid-Atlantic Regional Chapter of SSPI (SSPI MA) is headquartered in Washington, DC, is sponsoring an annual scholarship for students pursuing studies related to satellite communications at George Mason University. The objectives of this scholarship are to raise awareness among students about the exciting professional opportunities that exist in the satellite industry and to attract talented students to pursue a career in the field.
Amit Puranik began his graduate studies in Telecommunications at George Mason University in the Fall of 2009. He holds a Bachelors degree in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering from the University of Mumbai in India. He is expected to complete his MS in Telecommunication with concentration in wireless communications in the Spring semester 2011. Amit currently has a 3.9 GPA despite taking very challenging technical courses including Advanced Mobile Communications Systems, Satellite Communications, and Advanced Link Design. He was chosen as the first recipient of the SSPI scholarship by unanimous choice of the selection committee.
Amit was recognized as the SSPI scholarship winner at the Volgenau School's annual Best and Brightest Reception. He was presented with a certificate for this scholarship by SSPI MA representatives Lynette Simmons (President SSPI MA), Joan Mancuso (Chair, Scholarship & Education, SSPI MA), Karen Monaghan (Chair of Communications/Publicity, SSPI MA), Karen Yasumura (Board Member, SSPI MA), and Pat Rayermann (Treasurer, SSPI MA). Additionally, the Telecommunication program's long-time adjunct faculty and member of the SSPI Hall of Fame, D.K. Sachdev, was in attendance.