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Engineering recognizes four 2018–2019 Dean’s Fellows

Dean Alexander Wolf and the 2018-2019 Dean's fellows
Dean Alexander Wolf and the 2018-2019 Dean's fellows
Friday, October 26, 2018
James McGirk

October 15, 2018—The Baskin School of Engineering at the University of California, Santa Cruz is proud to announce the inaugural cohort of Dean’s fellows.

“We're pleased to have such a strong group of students coming onboard,” said Dean Wolf. “It's exciting to imagine the education they'll receive and the research they'll do at Baskin Engineering, as well as the contributions they'll make as engineers in the future.”

The Dean’s Fellows were selected for their extraordinary potential and academic merit. Each award is valued at $14,869, including fees and a stipend.

Four students were selected for the 2018–2019 academic year: Anuj Kumar (Applied Mathematics); Maximilian Genetti (Biomolecular Engineering); Swati Jindal (Computer Engineering); and William Bolden (Computer Science).

Swati Jindal graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras with a master’s degree in electrical engineering in 2016. She discovered UC Santa Cruz while doing research. “I was working on computer vision at a research lab in India when I came across Professor Roberto Manduchi’s research and its potential to improve lives,” she said.

Anuj Kumar received his Bachelor’s of Technology from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Jodphur in 2014. He received his Master’s in Engineering from the Indian Institute of Science in mechanical engineering in 2016. His work in the Applied Mathematics department, where he is working toward his Ph.D, will focus on fluid dynamics.

“To me the physics of fluid dynamics are interesting,” Kumar said. “It means working with the most complex equations in mathematics.”

William Bolden was an undergraduate at UC Santa Cruz, majoring in computer science before his acceptance into the Computer Science Ph.D program. He says he’s not quite ready to dedicate his life to a single narrow aspect within the discipline but says he has recently been “working with Boolean–Fourier analysis to improve hash functions.”

Maximilian Genetti is also a UC Santa Cruz graduate. He spent several years in the private sector before enrolling in the Biomolecular Engineering & Bioinformatics graduate program.