AOC Scholarship Award Program
The Windy City AOC Chapter provides Scholarship Awards to Chicago-area Universities with engineering programs preparing students for potential careers in Electronic Defense and Warfare.
We offer and disburse up to seven scholarships at $2500 each calendar year.
How is the scholarship program administered?
The AOC Windy City Chapter Education Foundation is the governing body for administering all chapter scholarships. It is composed of all the Officers and Board of Directors of the Chapter. The principal point of contact for our scholarship program is the Scholarship Director/Chairperson. The general purpose of our program is to sponsor scholarships at Chicago-area colleges on a yearly basis to encourage and help the upcoming professional student in engineering and the hard sciences to pursue a career in National Electronic Defense. The memorial scholarship awards are: Edward W. Adams Memorial Scholarship, Robert L. Kranz Memorial Scholarship, John H. Bartels memorial Scholarship, Jerry Dutka Honorary Scholarship, Dr. Gunter Dohler Memorial Scholarship and the George G. Giacomino Memorial Scholarship, and the Ronald Langietti Memorial Scholarship.They are direct grants given to students through a college/university. The scholarships are awarded annually and are administered by the Universities (the Universities select the recipient(s) within the criteria provided by the Foundation; the AOC Chapter Board approves the selectees).
What are the Requirements and Application Process?
The scholarship recipients must be undergraduate students majoring in Aeronautical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Computer Science, Physics, or Mathematics, who demonstrate an interest in National Defense and academic excellence. Recipients must be U.S. citizens, at the junior or senior level and maintain a “B” grade point average or better. Recipients can be awarded the scholarships each year until they graduate so long as they meet the criteria. Scholarships are awarded without regard to race, color, creed, sex or national origin.
The following additional items are required of each applicant:
- Submit an application form
- Submit a short essay of not more than two typewritten pages (12-point font, double-spaced) on their interests with regard to National Defense. Specifically, address how their interest and education objectives will support future contributions to National Defense. Examples include future employment in radar, sonar, infrared, electronic countermeasures, surveillance, guidance, optics, lasers, navigation, information warfare, etc.
- Optional but highly desirable: The name and membership number of current AOC professional(s) who recommend the applicant.
- Information and articles on recent developments in Electronic Defense are available in the magazine Journal of Electronic Defense published monthly by the AOC Electronic Warfare Association in Alexandria VA or online at www.jedonline.com. Another useful source of information is the book History of U.S Electronic Warfare by Alfred Price
What criteria are used to select the scholarship winners?
Selection of the applicants shall be based on:
- Interest and potential future contribution to National Defense. (Based on the student essay)
- Academic Excellence
- Recommendations from AOC members
Who selects the scholarship winners?
Students are selected by the University. The selection shall be made by unbiased, independent person(s) not affiliated with the local chapter. The selected student names, degree program, GPA, expected graduation year, essay and nominations (if any) are to be presented to the Chapter Scholarship Director for routine confirmation of the selection process. No financial information is requested.
Northern Illinois University
(O) 815-753-1284 (Fax) 815-753-1310
3301 South Dearborn
Chicago, IL 60616
Stephen H. Carr
Dean, Undergraduate Engineering
2145 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60209
Mary Larsen/ Michael McNallan
Chicago, IL 60607
(O)312.996.3463 (Fax) 312-413-3365
1501 W. Bradley Ave.
Peoria, IL 61625
How are funds distributed?
Up to seven $2,500 scholarships are awarded to the student recipients. The Universities and number of scholarships may change annually at the discretion of the AOC Board of Directors. Applications are generally due by 1 December. The Chapter asks that University notification of selection of the scholarship recipients, their application forms, and essays be sent to the Windy City AOC Scholarship Chairperson by 15 December of each year. Final confirmation occurs after an annual board meeting, in which approval of the students selected is granted. The Board also asks that after confirmation, the University invite the students selected to attend the local chapter’s annual Scholarship Awards Meeting/Education Night Ceremony, typically held in on a Saturday night in mid-February. The Scholarship checks are awarded at the Ceremony. The purpose of this event is to introduce the student recipients to family members of the scholarship honorees. It also provides an opportunity for the recipients to learn more about the AOC and Electronic Defense itself, informing them of opportunities and challenges in the field by current engineering professionals. The chapter hopes to attract students into the National Defense Industry involving Electronic Countermeasures and Defense.
Anthony DeCarlo, Northern Illinois University – winner of the Jerry Dutka Honorary Scholarship. Junior, ME Major. Interest: electronic countermeasures.
Melisa Napoles, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign – winner of the Gunter Dohler Memorial Scholarship. Junior, Engineering Physics Major. Interest: optoelectronics.
Dana Payonk, Purdue University – winner of the George Giacomino Memorial Scholarship. Senior, Computer Science Major. Interest: computer graphics, flight simulators.
Aaron Petry, Purdue University – winner of the Ron Langietti Memorial Scholarship. Senior, Computer Science Major. Interest: computer security.
Mitchell Serafin, Northwestern University – winner of the Edward W. Adams Scholarship. Junior, EE Major. Interest: digital logic, electromagnetic wave.
William Tarpley, Bradley University – winner of the Robert L. Kranz Memorial Scholarship. Senior, EE Major. Interest: navigation and vehicle control.
Jacob Hindle, Bradley University – winner of the John Bartels Memorial Scholarship. Senior, EE Major. Interest: robotics, autonomous vehicles.
Paul Klisiewicz: Northern Illinois University, winner of the Edward W. Adams Memorial Scholarship. Senior ME Major. Interests: advanced technology concepts.
Stefan Hyde: Northwestern University, winner of the Gunter Dohler Memorial Scholarship. Junior ME Major. Interests: mechatronics and controls.
Johnny Watts: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, winner of the John Bartels Memorial Scholarship. Junior EE Major. Interests: electromagnetism, power, and wireless technology.
Andrew Aubrey: Bradley University, winner of the Robert L. Kranz Memorial Scholarship. Senior ME and EE Majors. Interests: guidance navigation and control systems.
Eric Jizba: Northwestern University, winner of the George Giacomino Memorial Scholarship. Junior CS Major. Interests: National Defense, software development.
Michelle Diaz: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, winner of the Jerry Dutka Honorary Scholarship. Junior ME Major. Interests: brain machine interface systems and unmanned aircraft vehicles.
Scholarship Winnners 2011-2012
Joseph Timmer: Northern Illinois University ”“ Winner of the Edward W. Adams Award.
Junior, Industrial and Systems Engineering Major, Interest: Lean, Six Sigma, Human Factors engineering
Senior, EE Major, Interest: Robot manipulation and control
Ilya Mikhelson: Northwestern University ”“ winner of the Dr. Gunter Dohler Award.
Grad student, Electrical Engineering Major. Interest: Remote sensing of human physiological parameters.
Joseph Leadley:University of Wisconsin Madison ”“ winner of the George Giacomino Award.
Junior, Computer Science Major. Interest: Signals Intelligence (SIGNIT)
Junior, Mechanical Engineering major, Interest: Electronic countermeasures; airborne jammers.
Bryan GrantI: llinois Institute of Technology - Winner of the Gerald Dutka award Sophomore, Mechanical Engineering major, ROTC member, Interest: Explosive Ordance Disposal (EOD), electronic warfare, defeating improvised explosive devices (IEDs)
Scholarship Winners 2009-2010
Jeffrey Chiles, Illinois Institute of Technology ”“ winner of the Dr. Gunther Dohler & George Giacomino Award. Senior, EE / CE Major, Interest: Laser optics. Interned with Northrop Grumman working on the direct infrared-countermeasures program.
Alex Marconnet, University of Wisconsin ”“ winner of the Edward Adams Award. Junior, ME Major. Interest: Designing and improving various microware devices such as Inductive Output Tubes (IOTs), Traveling Wave Tubes (TWTs), Cross Field Amplifiers (CFAs), Magnetrons, and prototype hybrid devices.
Luke Pfister, Bradley University ”“ winner of the Ron Langietti & Gerald Dutka Award. Senior, EE Major. Interest: Signal Process with emphasis on statistical and adaptive signal processing. Also has interests in Autonomous Robotics.
Peien Liu, Northwestern University ”“ winner of the Robert Kranz Award. Senior, EE Major; Interest: Flight Simulation, Aeronautics / Aerospace, Control Systems, and Radar.
Thomas Comberiate - University of Illinois ”“ winner of the Edward Adams Award. Senior, EE Major, Interest: Electromagnetic theory and advanced antenna design. Interned at NG in Annapolis Maryland as well as Johns Hopkins University ”“ Applied Physics Laboratory.
Michael Carrozza - Illinois Institute of Technology ”“ winner of the Ronald Langietti Award. Senior, EE Major, Interest: Communication systems and electronics with emphasis on electronic protection systems. Michael was last year’s winner of the Ron Langietti scholarship also.
Daniel Molzahn - University of Wisconsin ”“ winner of the Dr. Gunter Dohler Award. Senior, EE/Mathematics Major. Interest: Electromagnetic theory and numerical analysis concepts.
Kevin Hurley - Bradley University ”“ winner of the George Giacomino Award. Senior, EE Major. Interest: Automated vehicle operation such as UAVs.
Joshua Kawka - Northern Illinois University ”“ winner of the Gerald Dutka Award. Junior, EE; Interest: RF electronics as it related to Electronic Warfare. Joshua has EW experience and has served in the in the US Air Force with responsibility to inspect, maintain, troubleshoot, and repair EW equipment (i.e., ALQ-131, etc).
Evan Chen - Northwestern University ”“ winner of the Robert Kranz Award. Junior, EE; Interest: Materials research with application to light emitting diodes and photo-sensors. Chapter president of InNUvation ”“ an undergraduate entrepreneur club at Northwester University.
Each student also received a copy of The US History of Electronic Warfare by A. Price, an AOC membership, and a Foundation coffee mug. The AOC Windy City Chapter looks forward to the day when each of these scholarship winners become contributors to the Electronic Warfare and National Defense.