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Sundance Student Receives National Tau Beta Pi Fellowship

April 26, 2011
UW student James Follum works on a project in a UW electrical engineering laboratory. (UW Photo)

University of Wyoming student James Follum of Sundance was awarded a national Tau Beta Pi Fellowship award.

He will receive a $10,000 grant to support his graduate level study. Tau Beta Pi board members selected candidates based on qualities that fulfill two "great requirements" -- outstanding scholarship and exemplary character. Tau Beta Pi is the national engineering honor society.

Follum graduates in May with a B.S. degree in electrical engineering with an emphasis on power systems and signal processing.

"Jim is an excellent student. He has been working with me on undergraduate research and is continuing straight to a Ph.D. degree," says John Pierre, UW Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering professor.

Last summer, Follum assisted with research to develop methods to analyze the stability of power systems at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Wash. He says the experience helped solidify his decision to remain at UW after graduating to pursue a Ph.D in electrical engineering. He plans a career researching the power system.

Follum is active in Tau Beta Pi and Golden Key honor societies.

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