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Monica Hew Named Undergraduate Student of the Year by Boeing, Flightglobal

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Ya-yu Monica Hew, a rising senior at UT Arlington majoring in aerospace engineering and physics, was named undergraduate student of the year by Boeing and Flightglobal in theirYayu Monica Hew Engineering Student of the Year competition. This was the first year the companies named an undergraduate winner.

“Monica is a fantastic all-around student. She is doing very well academically and she is very involved on campus in leadership roles and many other activities. This award is truly fitting,” said Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department Chair Erian Armanios.

Boeing has partnered with Flightglobal to host the worldwide ESOYA competition since 2005 to encourage students to pursue careers in aerospace-related engineering fields. The competition is open to any full- or part-time engineering student pursuing a recognized degree at the undergraduate or graduate levels. The winning students' work must be judged as likely to impact the future of aerospace engineering in areas such as new or enhanced capabilities, systems, processes or tools; new levels of performance; and improved life cycle costs.

Hew earned the UTA College of Engineering’s Outstanding Student Leader Award in 2012. She is involved in a large number of student organizations on campus: the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Society of Women Engineers, Engineering Student Council, the Mathematical Association of America (where she is the secretary), Honors Constituency Council, Taiwanese Student Association and UTA Hosts. She is also on the Mavs Badminton team (where she is the secretary) and the Mavs Fencing team (where she is the treasurer). She is a Black Belt 2nd degree in International Taekwondo, and serves on the National Drill Team and Honor Guard of Taiwan.

While she is juggling all of these extracurricular activities, she maintains a perfect 4.0 GPA, and is involved in several research projects at UTA involving sensor development, fluid dynamics and timing detector development.  She has already published two papers and presented several at national and regional conferences, winning the 1st Place award for undergraduate paper at the AIAA Region VI Student Conference in 2011 and 2012.