Meesha Gupta '21 takes top honors at national competition

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Meesha Gupta ’21 won first place in the Undergraduate Student Poster Competition at the IEEE North Tech -SAS (Students Advancing Society Summit).

Hosted by the University of North Texas in late February, the weeklong virtual event highlighted the work of more than 200 students and professionals from around the country. Gupta’s prize includes a $400 award.

Meesha Gupta

Working with Chandra Sekhar Pappu, assistant professor of electrical, computer and biomedical engineering, Gupta’s research focuses on radar network synchronization and its applications for high-resolution radar imaging using semiconductor laser chaotic systems.

An electrical engineering major, Gupta returned to campus from India in August. Like many of her classmates, she has spent the pandemic taking a mix of hybrid and in-person classes.

“Union really helped with everything: quarantine, food, making sure we are doing OK health- wise,” she said. “The strong COVID policies and regulations were a highlight. I am still able to see my friends and talk to them. And I am still able to attend events virtually, making sure I and my community are safe at the same time.”

Gupta is Union’s first Next Genius Scholar, a Mumbai-based educational initiative that partners with colleges and universities in the U.S. and Europe. Union awards one full-tuition scholarship each year to a candidate from this nationwide competition in India.

After she graduates in June, Gupta will join Morningstar, a global research investment firm, at its offices in Chicago.