Electrical Engineer Named Wolf Scholar
Phoebe Contreras-Jones receives scholarship honoring Jack Keil Wolf
When electrical engineering undergraduate Phoebe Contreras-Jones called to share the news, her mother start-ed crying; she was overwhelmed with pride. Contreras-Jones had just found out she was named the inaugural recipient of the Jack Keil Wolf Endowed Scholarship, which is awarded to outstanding undergraduates in electrical and computer engineering at the Jacobs School of Engineering.
“The scholarship will drastically reduce the amount in loans I will have to take out. It means I can focus on school,” said Contreras-Jones. “And the donors want to mentor me. I can’t describe how much that means to me.”
The scholarship honors Jack Keil Wolf, who was a pioneer in informa-tion theory and a professor of electrical and computer engineering at the Jacobs School.
“Jack was an inspiring teacher and mentor,” said Roberto Padovani, executive vice president at Qualcomm Technologies. Padovani studied under Wolf as a graduate student at the University of Massachusetts,
Phoebe Contreras-Jones, the first Wolf Scholar on campus
Amherst. After Wolf’s passing in 2011, Padovani and his wife, Colleen, helped to establish the scholarship in Wolf's name.
“He was a great researcher in communication systems, information and coding theory and was honored with many awards, but at his heart it was the joy of teaching that made him happy,” said Padovani.
Now, Wolf’s legacy will continue to impact generations of stu-dents — starting with Contreras-Jones.