Electrical and computer engineering major is honored for excellent academic achievement and community involvement
William “Ben” Towne ’09 (Litchfield, N.H.) is a socially-minded electrical and computer engineering major. He recently won a $4,000 scholarship from the American Council of Engineering Companies of Pennsylvania (ACEC/PA) for his collegiate academic achievement and involvement in his community.
Recipients of the scholarship, according to Towne, were required to be active participants in student and community life, present a strong academic record, and demonstrate strong character and leadership qualities and an awareness of the societal implications of engineering.
One of Towne’s instructors, John Greco, professor of electrical and computer engineering, believes the scholarship was well deserved.
“Although I have had Ben in only one class thus far, I have been impressed with his intellectual ability and curiosity,” says Greco. “He often comes up with novel solutions to problems, solutions which I myself have not seen before. Ben is a most serious and mature student. He has been a pleasure to have in class and laboratory, and I look forward to having him next semester.”
Towne anticipates entering the work force upon graduation. However, he hopes to attend graduate school on a scholarship or fellowship.
Overall, he wants to use his major to continue making a positive impact on his community.
“My major is electrical and computer engineering, but I have always had an interest in sociology and the impact of engineering or any other kind of work,” explains Towne. “‘Building sustainable communities’ are the three key words in my career mission statement, and sum up my career goals.”
Towne is involved with Lafayette Environmental Awareness and Protection (LEAP) as project manager for Solar Power, webmaster and TREEhouse floor co-president. He is also a part of Lafayette Christian Fellowship, the Arts Society, and the Investment Club.