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Undergraduate Scholarships and Awards

A. R. "Buck" Knight Award

Established 1989

A. R. Knight

A.R. "Buck" Knight

Abner Richard "Buck" Knight graduated from Ohio State University in 1909. In the period of 1909-1911 he served as a construction engineer and electrical engineer for the Springfield (Ohio) Light Heat and Power Company. From 1911-1913 he was an Instructor in Electrical Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. In the fall of 1913 he joined the Electrical Engineering Department of the University of Illinois as an Instructor. While teaching at the University he received an M.S. degree in 1917 and a professional E.E. degree in 1922.

Professor Knight's main teaching interests were in the field of electric circuits. He was coauthor of a text entitled "Introduction to Circuit Analysis" and was author of numerous articles in the field of power measurement. He retired after 41 years on the staff in September 1954 with the rank of Professor.

Professor Knight passed away Nov. 9, 1957.

DESCRIPTION:

The A.R. "Buck" Knight Award has been established by Miss Betty Ann Knight to honor the memory of her father, Prof. A. R. "Buck" Knight, who was a member of the faculty of the Department of Electrical Engineering from 1913 to 1954. Professor Knight was well known for his numerous contributions to campus and community affairs and for his concern for students. The award is given to a senior in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering who has demonstrated good scholarship and leadership in student activities that extend outside the College of Engineering.

REQUIREMENTS:

a. Must be a senior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, enrolled in the Department of Electrical Engineering, and within one year of graduation at the time the award is made.
b. Must have demonstrated good scholarship through the junior year and have a grade point average in the top one half of his class.
c. Must have participated in campus student activities demonstrating leadership in one or more campus activities either as a designated officer or in some other recognizable manner.
d. Must have participated in activities outside of the College of Engineering such as music, athletics, student government, etc.

SELECTION PROCESS:

Applications for the award may be submitted online beginning in January of each year. A faculty committee will interview the finalists and make the final decision on the award recipient.

AWARD:

The award carries a stipend of $2,500. The name of the recipient is engraved on a plaque to be displayed permanently in Everitt Lab.

PAST RECIPIENTS OF THE AWARD:

Year Recipient Year Recipient
2014 Tej Chajed
Liana Nicklaus
1997 Brian S. Johnson
2013 Tiantian Tang
Gino Rooney
1996 Mark C. Hersam
2012 Se-Joon Chung
Zheming Zheng
1995 Prabal Chakrabarti
2011 Chun Ming Chin 1994 Andrew D. Skale
2010 Chun Ming Chin 1993 Paula H. Alban
2009 Vikram Chaudhery
David Rockwood
1992 Darren F. Bronson
2008 Elaine Wah 1991 Amanda J. Watson
2007 Thomas Hughes
Safi Sandila
1990 Clark A. Miller
2006 Tonia Shen 1989 Thomas F. Nolan
2005 Ritesh Parekh 1988 James P. Stapleton
2004 Nicholas McDonnell 1987 Neil S. Hirshman
2003 Akshay Naheta 1986 Tim W. Dittmer
2002 John M. Hebda 1985 David A. Shafer
2001 Brad Griffis 1984 Laurie A. Watters
2000 Samantha Sutton 1983 Jon C. Schmidt
1999 Elise Sivilay 1982 Todd Z. Kopecky
1998 Erica Messinger 1981 David W. Archer
    1980 Alberto M. Segre