SCHOLARSHIPS

In order to assist worthy students pursuing careers in engineering or land surveying, the American Council of Engineering Companies/Maryland awards four scholarships. Three scholarships, sponsored by ACEC/MD, go to selected students majoring in either civil, mechanical or electrical engineering, or surveying, attending an accredited college or university. The fourth scholarship, the William R. Kahl Scholarship, sponsored by long-time member firm RK&K, LLP, is awarded to the top ranked civil engineering student in the competition.

2021 Scholarship Winners

Yekta Kamali

Yekta Kamali is a junior entering her senior year at University of Maryland College Park, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering. As a resident of Gaithersburg, Maryland, she possesses a 3.7 GPA.

Yekta recently interned at GL Communications Inc. creating demonstration videos for their website. She is an active UMD Persian Club member and recently was the position of Officer for IEEE Club at Montgomery College while participating as a member of Women in Engineering Science and Technology club in 2020.

Jacob Witlin

Jacob Witlin is a sophomore entering his junior year at University of Maryland College Park, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Fire Protection Engineering. As a resident of Ellicott City, Maryland, he possesses a 3.62 GPA.

Over the summer, Jacob interned with Eccalon, LLC, assisting with the company’s webpage development. He aslo recruited participants for a research study on hypersonics. He serves as student ambassador for ClarkLEAD and ClarkCommunities, helping incoming students. He maintains an active membership with Engineers without Borders, Society of Fire Protection, Hillel, and National Society of Collegiate Scholars.

Andrew Huffer

Andrew Huffer is a junior entering his senior year at University of Delaware, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering. As a resident of Williamsport, Maryland, he possesses a 3.5 GPA.

Andrew is an active track and field athlete holding the title of Sprint Captain for UD. He currently works for Soccer Shot in New Castle County as a soccer instructor. He also works for Head Research Group, monitoring the progress of research projects. 

2021 William R. Kahl Scholarship Winner

Chimaobi Aki

Chimaobi Aki is a sophomore entering his junior year at University of Maryland College Park, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. As a local resident of College Park, he possesses a 3.4 GPA. Chimaobi currently works at the Center for Minorities in Science and Engineering (CMSE), collecting and analyzing data to support other CMSE programs.

He maintains an active membership with the Black Engineers Society and is a UMD Clark Leader. His future plans include developing affordable efficient biomedical devices that can be easily obtained for all levels of income level.

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