Meet the 2017 Upsilon Pi Epsilon Scholarship Winners

POSTED BY on 01.31.2018

Every year the IEEE Computer Society receives outstanding applications for the Upsilon Pi Epsilon Scholarship (UPE). This year, the global competition for the scholarship was even tougher than usual, the result of which was an outstanding field of winners.

UPE is the first and only, existing international honor society in the Computing and Information disciplines, and it has received endorsements from the two largest computer organizations in the world, the IEEE Computer Society and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). UPE is also a charter member of The International Federation of Engineering Education Societies (IFEES). UPE recognizes academic excellence in the computing and information disciplines, according to the Association of College Honor Societies.

Here are the winners of this year’s competition. Congratulations to all of them!

Zheyuan (Ryan) Shi

Swarthmore College

Mathematics/ Computer Science



Zheyuan (Ryan) Shi, who has a double major in mathematics and computer science at Swarthmore College, divides his time between research and the development of a machine-learning algorithm to predict the outcome of soccer matches. Ryan is the ultimate partner for fantasy soccer, since his algorithm seeks to predict not only the winner, but also, in many cases, the exact score. His research interests stand at the crossroads of computer science and economics, where he examines multi-agent systems, computation game theory, and information elicitation.



Albert Appouh

Columbia University

Computer Science/Mathematics/Economics



Albert Appouh, who has a triple major in computer science, mathematics and economics at Columbia University, supports his highly diverse fields of interest through involvement in associations and clubs at his university. Before transferring to Columbia, Albert was the President of the Rutgers Math and Science Club and the lead programmer for the Rutgers Undergraduate Student Alliance of Computer Scientists. He led the organization to participate in a number of hackathons per year and was involved in several programming competitions that his team subsequently won. He also worked as a computer science teaching assistant for the Rutgers Math and Computer Science Department.




Shubhi Sareen

Delhi Technological University

Department of Computer Engineering and Engineering



Shubhi Sareen, a third-year undergraduate at Delhi Technological University, has cultivated an interest in computer science since a very early age and has sought to expand her skills through her extracurricular activities. In 2017, she participated in Google’s Summer Trainee Engineering program in Bengaluru, India, as a part of the Google Cloud Search Team. She is a member of Women Who Code and a mentor for Learn IT, Girl. She also co-authored a paper presented at the 4th International Conference on Innovations in Information Embedded and Communication Systems (ICIIECS) on the topic of “Detection of Malicious Transactions in Databases Using Dynamic Sensitivity & Weighted Rule Mining.”



Ahnaf Hassan

University of Toronto

Institute of Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering



Ahnaf Hassan, who is studying for a Master of Applied Science at the Univeristy of Toronto, has reached out to his community through his volunteerism and research. He is currently the Vice Chair of IEEE Computer Society Toronto Chapter and has been involved in a number of activities to support the Computer Society’s growth in the area, including a seminar on the Internet-of-Things. He is a mentor in the Ontario Online Research Co-op and a volunteer at The Da Vinci Engineering Enrichment Program (DEEP), University of Toronto. Ahnaf’s research focuses on artificial intelligence and biomedicine with an emphasis on solving real-world health issues using machine-learning algorithms.


You too can win the Upsilon Pi Epsilon Scholarship. Complete the application on the UPE Scholarship webpage, along with three letters of recommendation, a certified copy of the previous three-years, official, academic transcripts and a statement of your participation in extracurricular activities relevant to the computing discipline.

The deadline is 31 October 2018, but applications can be submitted anytime.

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