Bradley A. Simmons Memorial Scholarship

Established 2019


This scholarship is given in memory of Bradley Alan Simmons, who received his BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois in 1978 and his MS from UC Berkeley. He spent his career as an electrical engineer in the global telecom industry, starting with AT&T Bell Labs and ending at Oracle, where he worked at the time of his death in 2018. Brad is remembered by his family, friends and colleagues for his core values of kindness and integrity, his brilliant and curious mind and his enjoyment of corny jokes and puns. This fund was established as a memorial to Brad and gift by the Simmons family to Brad’s wife, Evelyn Behn Simmons (LAS/Economics 1978) who he met as an undergraduate at U of I and his daughter, Elisabeth Simmons Gettelman.


The recipients must be undergraduates in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Selection Process:

The head of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, or designee, determines the recipients.


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
2023-2024 Arhan Goyal, Chengyuan Peng, Yehya Sleiman Tellawi, Nuoyan Wang, Jerry Wu
2022-2023 Charles Plonski, Gaohan Ye
2021-2022 Edward Guo, Chengjun Lu, Mehul Dugar
2020-2021 Abhi Kamboj, Yuechen Wang
2019-2020 Jiyu Hu