O. Thomas and Martha S. Purl Scholarship
Tom Purl entered the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois in 1941. In March 1943 he entered the U. S. Army Air Corps Meteorological Program, served as a weather officer, and was discharged in September 1946. He returned to the University of Illinois and in January 1948 received a B.S. in General Engineering. He worked a year and a half for Collins Radio Company in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. In September 1949 he returned to the University of Illinois Electrical Engineering Department. He received a B. S. in 1951, an M. S. in 1952, and a Ph. D. in 1955.
He was with Hughes Research Labs at Culver City, California, from 1955 to 1958; his last position was Head of the High-Power Traveling Wave Tube Section. In September 1958 Tom joined Watkins-Johnson Company at Palo Alto, California in the Devices Group, which is responsible for research, development, and manufacturing of electron devices and components. He has authored several technical publications and holds several patents in traveling wave tube technology.
He and his wife Martha live in Menlo Park, California. They have a son, Tom, and a daughter, Jeanne.
These scholarships are given by O. Thomas Purl and his wife Martha to recognize outstanding students in Electrical and Computer Engineering.
The recipients must be juniors or seniors at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign enrolled in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the top 10% of their class. Creative and scientific leadership are also to be taken into consideration.
In September the Department distributes scholarship data forms to students in the top 10% of the junior class and the top 10% of the senior class. The Scholarship Committee then reviews the scholarship data forms and identifies the students to receive the award.
The recipient(s) will be recognized at the annual spring ECE Awards and Recognition Banquet.
Past Recipients of the Award
|2020-2021||Wilson Zhu, Haimo Chen|
|2018-2019||Yanpei Tian, Hammer Chen|
|2017-2018||Mihir Iyer, Corey Snyder|
|2016-2017||Yijia Xu, Yi Zhu|
|2015-2016||Benjamin Eng, Matthew Vilim|
|2014-2015||Devasia Manuel, Conor Gardner, Ahmed Suhyl Sulaiman, Haolin Zheng|
|2013-2014||Boyu Li, Toros Arikan, Norman Lowrey|
|2012-2013||Xuanyu Zhong, Yuxiao Lu|
|2011-2012||Kirk Landin, Shuotao Xu|
|2010-2011||Michael Scholl, Xingqian Xu|
|2009-2010||David Ho, Christopher Li, Alejandro Lopez-Morales|
|2008-2009||Mengzhu Bai, Justin Czarnowski, Bryan Walker|
|2007-2008||Daniel Joe, Young Mo Kang|
|2006-2007||Hyun Boo, Daniel Quek, Jonathan Weissman|
|2005-2006||Srivatsan Jayaraman, Abhinauv Kapoor, Alan Xiang|
|2004-2005||Abhinauv Kapoor, Xiaoyu Ma, Toan Shing Shen|
|2003-2004||Victor Chen, Ameya Deoras, David Klempner, Kevin Mui, Ian Tan|
|2002-2003||Daniel Ayres, Christopher Gouveia, Margaret Hsu, Andrew Simnik, James Simon|
|2001-2002||Juichen Liang, I-Ju Liao, Diana K. Olarnvoravuth, David Pawlowski, Kapil Sachdeva, David J. Scherba|
|2000-2001||Matthew Berry, Frederick Koopmans, Osama Nayfeh, Michael Stall|
|1999-2000||J. Michael Stall, Samantha C. Sutton, Matthew M. Sztelle, Ashley K. Wise|
|1998-1999||Michael D. Horn, Shao Hsia, Jeffrey S. Kline, Robert J. Wheeler|
|1997-1998||Patrick R. Eaton, Brian R. Etscheid, Eric B. Midlock|
|1996-1997||Andrew M. Lowery|
|1995-1996||Matthew Trommer, Amit Dhawan|