College of Science and Engineering Outstanding Student Award Recipients

Posted April 12, 2012

Idaho State University and the ISU Alumni Association announced the 2012 Outstanding Student Award recipients who were honored at Spring Commencement on Saturday, May 5, in Holt Arena.

Outstanding Student Awards are presented to recognize outstanding graduating seniors who have excelled in their programs, their extracurricular activities and have epitomized ISU's outstanding student body. Students receiving these prestigious awards exhibit a readiness to graduate, high academic achievement, above-average dedication to academic and professional goals and involvement in professional societies. Work experience and community service are also considered.

The Outstanding Student Award recipients will be honored at a reception April 27 in the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center.

College of Science and Engineering Outstanding Student Award recipients for 2012 are: Jariullah Safi, Punjab, Pakistan, Engineering; Jeremy A. Farrell, Salt Lake City, Natural and Physical Sciences; and Chandrasekhar Potluri, Eluru, India, Graduate School, Doctoral Candidate.

Biographies of the 2012 Outstanding Award winners are:


Chandrasekhar Potluri

Graduate School, Doctoral Candidate, Chandrasekhar Potluri, Eluru, India: 24-year-old Potluri will graduate this summer with a Ph.D. in electrical engineering. He has a 3.84 grade point average. He has received both a graduate teaching assistantship and a graduate research assistantship. Potluri is a member of several organizations, including the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the ISU branch of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He is also ranked second in chess at the state level. Currently he is working as lead doctoral research assistant in an ISU smart prosthetic hand project funded by the U.S. Department of Defense.

Potluri earned his master's degree in measurement and control engineering from ISU and his bachelor's degree from Andhra University in India. In the past two years he has made "significant contributions" in several engineering fields. He currently has 25 publications and has been selected as a research associate at the University of Connecticut.

"I am blessed to have a great family to be with me in all situations," said Potluri of his parents and brother. Potluri's favorite thing about ISU is the friendly atmosphere between students and faculty. He was most influenced by professors Subbaram Naidu and Steve Chiu, both of whom he described as inspiring and supportive.


Jeremy Farrell

College of Science and Engineering, Natural and Physical Sciences, Jeremy A. Farrell, Salt Lake City, Utah: Twenty-three-year-old Farrell, who earned a 3.84 grade point average, will be awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in statistics. Farrell, who is married, and has two children, is now a software developer at Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company of Idaho and has been going to ISU part time this spring. He spent the last two years, until last fall, working in ISU chemistry Professor John Kalivas's Chemometric Research Center. For work he completed in that center, Farrell was one of 74 undergraduates nationwide to be selected to present a research poster at the prestigious national Council on Undergraduate Research Posters on the Hill event in Washington, D.C., in April.

"Working in a research lab enhanced my learning experience by teaching me independent research skills," Farrell said.

He is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi National Honors Society and the Golden Key Honor Society, and was president of the ISU G2 Math/Computer Science Club for two years and a member for three.

His favorite thing about ISU was the quality of instructors, and he said Kalivas and mathematics assistant professor DeWayne Derryberry were his most influential professors.


Jariullah Safi

College of Science and Engineering, Engineering, Jariullah Safi, Rabwah, Pakistan: Safi, 23, barely missed a perfect grade point average, earning a 3.99 grade point average at ISU on his way to earning a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical and nuclear engineering. He started his education at ISU in 2007, three months after migrating to the United States.

"This meant I had to get used to a brand new culture and a foreign language quickly, which took some effort," Safi said. "Differences in social interaction were particularly difficult to get used to."

His extracurricular activities were many, including being a member and past president of Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honors Society, and a member of the Society of Physics Students Idaho State Chapter, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, American Nuclear Society, Pakistani Students Association and Muslim Students Association. He was on the College of Science and Engineering's dean's list every semester since Fall 2007, was an ISU Undergraduate Research Council grant recipient for 2008-09 and was an ISU Reading Project Essay Contest winner for 2007. He was awarded a variety of scholarships while attending ISU.

Two of Safi's three brothers graduated from ISU and his father once taught in ISU's math department.

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