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Two Stevens students receive awards from the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship Foundation

Scholarship program recognizes excellence in science and mathematics

Stevens Institute of Technology

HOBOKEN, N.J. -- The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship Foundation named two students from Stevens Institute of Technology among the scholars to receive awards in the 2007-2008 academic year.

The winners were chosen from more than 1,000 nominations from 41 post-secondary institutions. The scholarship program was instituted by Congress in 1986 to commemorate Senator Barry M. Goldwater and to foster and encourage excellence in science and mathematics.

Samuel R. Barrett, who was awarded one of foundation's top prizes this year, was recognized last year as an Honorable Mention. This is the first time that the foundation has awarded its top prize to a student from Stevens. A resident of Tennessee, Barrett's goal is to earn a Ph.D. in Computer Science and conduct research in the field of artificial intelligence and machine learning. He has done research on placement of sensors for underwater intrusion detection using genetic algorithms and hopes to extend this work into detecting hostile intentions using intruders' trajectories. Barrett also is a member of Concert Band and the Flute Ensemble at Stevens.

Matthew V. Paragano, a resident of New Jersey, received an Honorable Mention. He is only the second Stevens student to be so honored, following Barrett in 2006. Paragano's area of interest and research is in the fabrication of bio-functionalized magnetic nanodiscs for the magnetic or bio-targeted delivery of drugs. He is active in Sigma Phi Epsilon, Tau Beta Pi and ASME. Paragano also is a violinist and serves as the captain of Stevens' Fencing team.


About Stevens Institute of Technology: Founded in 1870, Stevens Institute of Technology is one of the leading technological universities in the world dedicated to learning and research. Through its broad-based curricula, nurturing of creative inventiveness, and cross disciplinary research, the Institute is at the forefront of global challenges in engineering, science, and technology management. Partnerships and collaboration between, and among, business, industry, government and other universities contribute to the enriched environment of the Institute. A new model for technology commercialization in academe, known as Technogenesis®, involves external partners in launching business enterprises to create broad opportunities and shared value. Stevens offers baccalaureates, master's and doctoral degrees in engineering, science, computer science and management, in addition to a baccalaureate degree in the humanities and liberal arts, and in business and technology. The university has a total enrollment of 1,850 undergraduate and 2,980 graduate students, and a worldwide online enrollment of 2,250, with a full-time faculty of 140. Stevens' graduate programs have attracted international participation from China, India, Southeast Asia, Europe and Latin America. Additional information may be obtained from its web page at For the latest news about Stevens, please visit

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