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Jean's Story

Jean Weatherwax
Jean Weatherwax

2012 Marshall Scholarship
2011 Goldwater Scholarship


University of South Florida almunus Jean Weatherwax, who majored in Electrical Engineering, was one of 36 American college students awarded a Marshall Scholarship in 2012.

The Marshall Scholarship covers the cost of living and studying at a British university of the recipient's choice for two years. Marshall Scholars support the aims of General Marshall when, in 1947, he proposed the idea of American economic assistance for post-war Europe.

Jean completed a Master of Science degree in Analogue and Digital Integrated Circuit Design, with an emphasis on biomedical devices at the Imperial College of London. Imperial College is a science-based institution which includes an electrical engineering department. It is ranked among the top ten in the world.

She was supervised by Dr. Pantelis Georgiou on her thesis entitled "A Self-Calibrating Sensing Array for Continuous Glucose Monitoring in Type-1 Diabetes". Dr. Georgiou is currently the head of the Bio-inspired Metabolic Technology Laboratory in the Centre for Bio-Inspired Technology and part of the Medical Engineering Solutions in Osteoarthritis Centre of Excellence.

Jean has an extensive background in the design and fabrication of biocompatible electronic devices. She has worked on both the materials and hardware sides of bioelectronics, including carbon-based electronic fabrication, MEMS design, electrode design, and EEG realization.

In 2011, she was a Goldwater National Scholar. As part of this program she was an intern at the NASA Ames Research Center, where she was involved in research which developed a microcontroller-based automation system for grapheme synthesis, as well as development of a grapheme-based neural stimulator for PC12 cell activation.

Jean has competed in the IEEE Robot Competition and assisted in the design and implementation of both wireless EEG and EKG systems for real-time monitoring, hardware design and signal processing.

She is the primary author of a textbook chapter on Porous Silicon Carbide for Microdialysis in Silicon Carbide Biotechnology.

Jean's awards include NASA Motivating Undergraduates in Science and Technology Scholar and Intern; Winner, 2011 Undergraduate Research Symposium Poster Competition Member, Tau Beta Pi Florida, Gamma Chapter; College of Engineering Allan R. Gondeck Scholarship recipient; Member, Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society; Best Poster, National Science Foundation Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates at USF; Franz Mantini Endowed Engineering Scholarship; Hope Rietschlin Music Scholarship; Florida Academic Scholar; USF Presidential Scholar; USF Honors Scholar; Speaker, USF Freshmen Honors Convocation; Winner, USF Freshmen Honors Essay Contest.

She is currently a full-stack software developer, as well as lead Android Immersive Instructor and Web Immersive Instructor at General Assembly, a global company in San Francisco. She teaches future web and mobile developers.

Jean intends to earn a Ph.D. and become a full-time research professor at a university, both teaching and conducting research on biocompatible electronics. She hopes to be an inspiring professor to the next generation of engineers as well as make an impact on the quality of medical devices.

Congratulations, Jean!

Interested in the Goldwater Scholarship or the Marshall Scholarship? Please email Dr. Basu for information on the intent to apply details of each scholarship: sayandeb@honors.usf.edu.