August 3, 2007
ECE junior Boris Lipchin won the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA) Educational Foundation Freeman Scholarship, donated by alumnus Belknap Freeman (B.S. 1940), an AREMA member and professional engineer (P.E.).
One ECE student each year is selected for the $10,000 award based on their resume, transcript, and interest in railway engineering and the goal of ultimately obtaining a professional engineering license. This summer, Boris is interning for Google's platform engineering group in Mountain View, California working on systems integration and automation to support the power team for their servers.
Boris decided to study ECE hoping to use engineering to streamline the way energy is consumed around the world, decreasing our dependence on fossil fuels and improving our quality of life. He sees immense potential for innovation in the transportation industry. For example, he foresees monorail trains above rails of high temperature superconductors providing fast, safe, and inexpensive frictionless transportation at a fraction of trucking's cost.
In his application essay for the scholarship, he describes using his interest in embedded systems design to network the monorail: "Embedded systems design could automate these trains and easily deliver remote control of these machines, decreasing the operations cost to a mere fraction of what it is today," Boris wrote. "One can envision a single person monitoring and controlling an entire network of trains from a central office. Decreasing costs of propulsion and operations hand in hand with increasing speeds would make railroads once more a cheap and comfortable alternative to flying."
According to their website, The AREMA Educational Foundation "provides scholarships to engineering students who are specializing in the railway industry and supports other educational and training endeavors that help to ensure the future of the profession."
ECE students who are interested in applying for the AREMA Educational Foundation Scholarship should contact Susan Farrington, Director of Alumni and Student Relations for ECE.
ECE junior Boris Lipchin won the AREMA Educational Foundation Freeman Scholarship, donated by alumnus Belknap Freeman (B.S. 1940).