March 25, 2013
ECE Ph.D. student Matthew Beckler has been selected to receive the 2013 Carnegie Mellon University Graduate Student Service Award. Presented annually during Graduate Student Appreciation Week (this year, April 1–5), the award encourages and recognizes exemplary service to both graduate students and the university — someone who has contributed to an improved quality of life for graduate students; the entire academic community; and even, in this case, the education of Pittsburgh.
Beckler earned the award for his service to both the ECE student population and the Pittsburgh technical community. As secretary of the ECE Graduate Organization (EGO) for three years, Beckler continually updated his fellow graduate students on local cultural, social and sporting events they could enjoy in their free time. He co-chaired the ECE Winter Party, provided valuable assistance at all of EGO's networking events, helped in the ECE grad lounge and kept EGO's 50-cent soda machine fully stocked. During ECE's Grad Open House, Beckler joined his peers in offering research-area tours and answering questions as a student panelist. He also revamped the EGO EQ point system to ensure that other volunteers received recognition, and extended his service to undergraduate students by providing an inspiring kick-off lecture for Build18 and reviewing projects with a few of his Ph.D. colleagues. Finally, Beckler has served the Pittsburgh community as a volunteer at HackPittsburgh, offering lectures and tutorials for children and adults trying to cultivate the skills to create technical products.
Beckler will be honored at a campus ceremony at 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 4, in Rangos Hall, University Center.