Michael E. Napier Memorial Award

Established 1997

This award was established as a memorial for Michael Edward Napier, a January 1993 graduate of the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.


This award was established to recognize and reward an outstanding junior in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department who has achieved scholastic excellence while helping finance his/her education through employment during their college career.


  1. You must be a student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, enrolled in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
  2. The award recipient shall have a high scholastic average.
  3. The award recipient shall be a junior in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
  4. The award recipient shall have contributed to financing his education through employment during school.


The Napier Award is one of four awards in the Department specifically for Juniors. Applications for the award may be submitted online beginning in January of each year. The top candidates are interviewed by a faculty committee.


The recipient(s) will be recognized during an annual Student Awards Banquet. All student recipients are featured on the second floor of the ECE Building's Student Honors Wall.

Past Recipients of the Award

Year Recipients
2022-2023 William Shen
2020-2021 Jeff Chang, Bowen Jiang
2019-2020 Yurui Cao
2018-2019 Dennis Rich
2017-2018 Kristi Lin
2016-2017 Mark Hafter
2015-2016 Matthew Vilim
2014-2015 Tori Fujinami
2013-2014 Isha Datye, Shyam Saladi
2012-2013 Mo Deng
2011-2012 Xingliang Wu
2010-2011 Fan-Chung Hsu
2009-2010 Kanishka Kumar
2008-2009 I-Ru Chen
2007-2008 Thomas Galvin
2006-2007 Sapan Agarwal
2005-2006 Wilson Yum
2004-2005 Grace Wang
2003-2004 Danish Nagda
2002-2003 Kavi Goel
2001-2002 Osama Nayfeh
2000-2001 Vamshidhar R. Kommineni
1999-2000 Anthony J. Braskich
1998-1999 Shane Ryoo