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Conrad Fellowship Rewards INI Student for Blend of Creative and Technical Talents

September 03, 2014

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Alberto Cursack is the 2014 recipient of the Conrad Graduate Education Fellowship at Carnegie Mellon University's Silicon Valley campus.

A native of Esperanza, Argentina in the Santa Fe province, Cursack is pursuing a graduate degree in the INI's Master of Science in Information Technology—Mobility program. He is also a music lover who plays guitar, and a supporting letter from a supervisor described him as having an excellent work ethic and positive attitute. Cursack thanked the Carnegie Mellon administrators and faculty "from the bottom of my heart" for the financial support that helps to make his education possible. 

CMUSV receptionMartin Griss, principal research scientist and former director of the Silicon Valley campus, established the fellowship in 2011 in memory of his nephew, Conrad Griss, an ambitious young man who passed away tragically in 2010. The fellowship in his named is awarded based on merit and proven creativity or artistic capability in combination with technology. To be eligible for the $2,700 award, candidates must be full-time graduate students enrolled in the software engineering, software management or information technology master's degree programs at the Silicon Valley campus.

Cursack was honored at a reception at the Silicon Valley campus in August.

Pictured, from left to right: College of Engineering Dean James H. Garrett, Alberto Cursack, Martin Griss, and INI Director Dena Haritos Tsamitis.