UP student awarded two prestigious scholarships

Posted on September 02, 2015

Ms Shruti Lall, a master’s student in Electronic Engineering at the University of Pretoria (UP), was recently awarded two prestigious scholarships. In August, she received a TATA scholarship in recognition of her outstanding academic and research abilities in the master’s category of the 2015 South African Women in Science Awards. She also won a Fulbright Scholarship to continue her studies in the United States in 2016.  

The Fulbright Scholarship Programme offers prospective master’s and PhD students the opportunity to do research and study at a university or other appropriate institution in the United States for one year or longer. Although the Fulbright team has not yet placed her at a specific university, Ms Lall is looking forward to continuing her studies abroad next year.

Ms Lall completed her bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering cum laude at UP in 2013. She subsequently specialised in telecommunications, obtaining her honours degree cum laude in 2014.

In her first year of undergraduate study she received a silver merit award in Computer Engineering, and in her second year a gold merit award. She has been a recipient of the prestigious Sentech Broadband Wireless Multimedia Communications (BWMC) bursary since her second year and appeared on the Dean’s Merit List for the duration of her undergraduate studies.

Ms Lall is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Electronic Engineering at UP specialising in wireless network security. Her supervisor is Prof Sunil Maharaj, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology (EBIT). Her research investigates the optimal placement and power allocation of protective jammers in wireless networks and involves the development of a security model comprising protective jammers optimally placed to afford wireless networks protection against malicious devices seeking to obtain confidential information.


- Author Ansa Heyl

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