Montana State University

Livingston student wins Parkins Engineering-Physics Award

April 27, 2004 -- by MSU News Service

Caption: Edward Davis, left, winner of the 2004 Parkins Engineering-Physics Award, and Robert Marley, dean of the MSU College of Engineering.    High-Res Available

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BOZEMAN - Edward Davis of Livingston, a junior at Montana State University who has maintained a 3.85 grade point average while majoring in computer science, is the 2004 recipient of the William E. Parkins Engineering-Physics Award. The award honors the MSU student with the top grade point average in engineering, math and physics courses. Davis will receive a $1,200 scholarship.

Davis is a graduate of Park County High School majoring in computer science with a minor in math. The son of a railroad employee, Davis is the first in his family to attend college. After graduation from high school, Davis worked a total of three years in the computer industry, first as a system administrator and then as a software engineer, prior to beginning his formal education. Davis works for MSU's ITC and is a Micron Scholar. This summer he will intern on a research and development team with Micron Technology Inc. in Boise, Idaho. His current interests are in file management, databases and data structures.

Parkins, a 1937 electrical engineering graduate of what was then Montana State College, established the William E. Parkins Award in 1996. After obtaining advanced degrees at Cornell, Parkins worked at the University of California, Berkeley during WWII and helped develop the electromagnetic process that was used for the separation of the uranium-235 isotope for the atomic bomb. Later, Parkins became the director of research at Rockwell International. Parkins saw the need for engineers to have a better understanding of underlying physical principles and for physicists to acquire the practical perspective required of engineers

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