April 25, 2013
Electrical Technology student Mary Cedillo was recently presented with the New York State Engineering Technology Association (NYSETA) Scholarship in the amount of $500.00 by Electrical Technology Professor Rich Prestopnik and Electrical and Computer Technology Instructor Jeremy Spraggs. Both Prestopnik and Spraggs nominated Cedillo for the award.
According to Prestopnik, Cedillo is an outstanding, dedicated and focused Electrical Technology student who has demonstrated in lecture and laboratory that she is very competent in both the theory and practical application of electronics. “She is extremely motivated as a student and can be found working in the lab frequently outside of scheduled class time, both as a student and as a lab aid. She is very reliable and is a person upon which a future employer will rely. In addition, her enthusiasm and energy has inspired incoming freshman to see the fun and value of pursuing a technical career,” states Prestopnik.
Cedillo is the treasurer for the Electrical Technology Club, a college sponsored club dedicated to further students’ interest in electronics and computers. “Her leadership in this role has dramatically moved the club forward in recruiting members and pursuing innovative projects. As part of the club’s leadership team, Mary played a major role providing opportunity for our students in her two years at FM to travel to the Boston science museum, attend a national electronics trade show, tour the R&D facility at Corning’s Sullivan Park complex and observe engineering projects at West Point,” states Spraggs.
Cedillo pursued an internship opportunity at Albany Nanotech and is currently working 24 hours per week in the cleanrooms at the facility.