The winners of the Charlie Vaughn Scholarship were recognized during the NSPE-NV meeting on May 17, 2022. Rebecca Smith and Robert Lonasco, III, will both receive $1,500.
Rebecca Smith is pursuing a bachelor in civil Engineering with a concentration on environmental/water resources at UNLV. Her personal interests have driven her passion for developing and integrating an expansive knowledge of the diverse perspectives and practices within the engineering field. By getting involved with organizations like "Learn to Be Civil," Rebels Forward, and, of course, NSPE, these aspirations have started to become a reality.
Smith's academic journey has given her not only the opportunity to learn, but also the opportunity to grow through community service, international design competitions, and professional mentorship. She is excited about what the future holds as she seeks to become an integral part of innovative solutions that serve the needs of our community and our world!
Robert Lonasco, III, is a third-year computer engineering major at UNLV. He is currently involved in the Las Vegas Scholars Program, a selective academic assistance organization and research study for computer engineering and computer science majors. He is a UNLV Tau Bate in the Nevada-Beta chapter.
This summer, Lonasco will be a software engineering intern at the Remote Sensing Laboratory at Nellis Air Force Base with Mission Support and Test Services, a Department of Energy contractor that manages the Nevada National Security Site. Last summer, he conducted research with UNLV's Office of Undergraduate Research; thus, he explored deep learning solutions on a Xilinx field-programmable gate array (FPGA) platform. Lonasco's hobbies and interests include: hiking, swimming, video games, music, collecting vinyls, and building gaming PCs!