Press Release for Friday, September 21, 2018
UNF Students Awarded International Computing Honor Society Scholarships
Amanda Dawson, PR Specialist
Pi Epsilon, the international honor society for the computing and information
disciplines, awarded two scholarships for academic excellence in the field of
computing totaling $1,500 to students in the School of Computing at the
University of North Florida.
student Ahmed Moussa, a southside resident, was awarded the UPE Scholarship
Award for $1,000, while senior Thorn Ellis Prescott, a Jacksonville Beach
resident, was awarded a $500 honorable mention.
and Thorn were selected for these competitive and prestigious awards based on
their outstanding student performance,” said Dr. Sanjay Ahuja, UNF computing
professor and UPE Faculty Advisor. “Receiving these international awards
affirms the quality and strength of the programs as well as faculty in UNF’s
School of Computing and shows that we are preparing our students for successful
who holds a perfect 4.0 GPA, is earning his master’s degree in computer science
and currently working to finish his thesis on preferences and recommender
systems in machine learning to model people preferences. He excels at
problem-solving, mathematics and computer programming. As an undergraduate at
The American University in Cairo, he was an
active Association for Computing Machinery member and participated in multiple
passion for developing innovative software solutions led him to be the sole
inventor and recipient of a patent for an enhancement
for an enterprise medical software to allow it to automatically infer patient
gender and translate names to a second language, which helps reduce patient
waiting time and resolve and reduce duplicate medical records. He has
also developed a novel search engine, allowing users to search inside spoken
contents of videos.
is studying in the School of Computing as well as Hick’s Honors College and is
majoring in computer science with a 3.9 GPA. He’s an active member in his
on-campus Living-Learning Community group called LEAD (Leadership, Enrichment,
Achievement, Development), most recently serving as the president of its
Leadership Council. For two summers, he interned at Black Knight Financial
Services, where he worked with open source technology as well as understanding
new and upcoming trends in software development.
year, the Executive Council of Upsilon Pi Epsilon evaluates numerous
scholarship applications from undergraduate and graduate students. All
applicants are required to complete a comprehensive application, including a
statement on their long-term plans in the profession, a summary of their
contributions to their respective UPE chapters and related student activities
at their college or university as well as a faculty recommendation.
School of Computing is dedicated to the promotion of an academically exciting
and progressive intellectual climate, characterized by a superior program of
instruction, peer-recognized scholarship, effective support services and
productive professional community involvement.
a nationally ranked university located on an environmentally beautiful campus,
offers students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the
opportunity to build their own futures through a well-rounded education.