Oakley Award in Electrical and Computer Engineering

Established 1994

The Oakley Family of Quincy, Ill., set up this award in 1994 under the suggestion of Prof. Burks Oakley II, who at the time was the Undergraduate Adviser in the Department. In his position as adviser, Dr. Oakley came in contact with many outstanding undergraduate students that had been required to seek employment during their college career to help pay for their education. The Oakley family agreed that it would be good to establish an award to honor students that had shown outstanding academic merit and leadership while having to work to pay for their education.


This award was established to recognize and reward outstanding juniors in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department who have been active in outside activities while helping finance their 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/her education through employment during school.
  5. The award recipient shall have participated in technical and professional societies as well as other campus and community activities.


The Oakley Award is one of four awards in the Department 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 Gaohan Ye
2020-2021 Xinglong Sun
2019-2020 Howard Li
2018-2019 Dawn Haken
2017-2018 Corey Snyder
2016-2017 Nathan Beauchamp
2015-2016 Sharon Tang
2014-2015 Marjorie Dallmann
2013-2014 Liana Nicklaus
2012-2013 Yaning Liang
2011-2012 Shreya Prakash
2010-2011 Michael Carney
2009-2010 Anjali Sridhar
2008-2009 David Rockwood
Yanzhu Wang
2007-2008 Jong-Sun Yi
2006-2007 Thomas Hughes
Safi Sandila
2005-2006 Rishi Roongta
2004-2005 Dianna Liu
2003-2004 Vishesh Narayen
2002-2003 Niraj Nayak
2001-2002 Peter Albrecht
2000-2001 Hanching Fuh
1999-2000 Min Cai
1998-1999 Neal Baltz
1997-1998 Kevin R. King
1996-1997 David K. Eng
1995-1996 Jason J. Leung
1994-1995 Kevin D. Safford