June 12, 2005 -- Computer science major Lindsey Desalvo and electrical engineering major Yan Zheng were honored with the 2005 Engineering Student Leadership awards last week. Both seniors were recognized for their outstanding service to their peers and the UCSD community.
Desalvo aided in recruiting and outreach activities for several years. She served as president of the CALPIRG (California Public Interest Research Group) UCSD student chapter, and in that role she volunteered at and raised money for the San Diego Rescue Mission, petitioned local wildlife clubs to support efforts to lower the levels of mercury pollution, and coordinated the research for the "Ripoff 101" report highlighting the soaring cost of textbooks.
Desalvo’s resume also includes research on the Tablet PC Grader, a software application that allows faculty to provide electronically-linked feedback to on student homework papers. Desalvo has accepted a position as a software engineer with Amazon.
Zheng served as President of the student chapter of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic
Zheng also expressed his commitment to community through his participation in the Teams in Engineering Service (TIES) Program, where he led a team for the Lakeside’s River Park Conservancy which is creating a network of remote sensors to monitor air, ground and water quality of the San Diego River. Zheng is the first undergraduate teaching assistant for Principles of Team Engineering, a companion course for the TIES program.
Zheng has been accepted as a Ph.D. candidate at the University of California, Santa Barbara.