Petsch named CMU Goldwater nominee

April 28, 2011
 Junior Kevin Petsch of Commerce Township is Central Michigan University’s 2011-2012 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship nominee.  He is one of 1,095 college and university students from across the nation to be nominated for this honor.
Commenting on his nomination, Petsch stated, “I am both honored and proud to be representing CMU for this prestigious national scholarship, and I would like to thank the entire faculty in the School of Engineering and Technology for their extraordinary help and support.  Countless lives have been inspired by their efforts.” 
“Kevin’s achievements make him a very worthy nominee of this prestigious award, as well as a remarkable example of the caliber of students attending CMU,” said Phame Camarena, director of the University Honors and National Scholarship Program. 
Petsch is working toward a degree in Electrical Engineering and will graduate in May 2012.  He began an internship last summer with CMU’s Department of Electrical Engineering.  Under the supervision of Dr. Tolga Kaya, he researched various engineering concepts such as microfabrication and the various methods of photolithography and deep reacting ion etching, electrodeposition, micro electro mechanical systems, circuit analysis, and analog circuit design.
Upon graduation, Petsch plans to pursue a doctorate degree and work in the industry concentrating on either analog circuit design or fabrication of self-sustaining nano devices.  Following graduate school, he hopes to eventually teach at the university level.
Congress established the Goldwater scholarship program in 1986 to honor the late Barry M. Goldwater of Arizona, who served in the U.S. Senate for 30 years.  The awards go to outstanding college sophomores and juniors who intend to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences or engineering.  
Universities are permitted to nominate a limited number of students each year with the nomination representing a significant recognition in itself.