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Student Wins National Tech Award

William Brodie, a computer science major at the College, was one of two students in the nation to be named 2009 Terry O'Banion Student Technology Champions, presented by The League for Innovation in the Community College and the Microsoft Corporation.

Beverly Simon, professor emerita at Middlesex who taught Mr. Brodie, said he continuously challenged himself.

"His ability to analyze a problem and his attention to detail, accuracy and efficiency while coding in multiple programming languages demonstrates his outstanding program development skills," she said. "I am delighted that he has won the Terry O'Banion Student Technology Award, which now gives him an opportunity he might not otherwise have had to continue his studies in computer science."

Microsoft sponsors the Terry O'Banion Student Technology Champions awards annually in honor of Mr. O'Banion, senior league fellow and president emeritus of the League.

Frank Burke, chairperson of the Computer Science and Information Technology Department at Middlesex, said Microsoft and the League for Innovation made a great decision when they chose Mr. Brodie for the award.

"He is an outstanding student," Professor Burke said. "We selected him to be one of our tutors on the basis of his academic performance and fine personal characteristics."

Mr. Brodie said, "I really appreciate this scholarship. I'll be transferring as a junior and becoming a software developer. This award will allow me to go to Rutgers University, which is my first choice."

The other winner is Brenda Meza of El Paso Community College in Texas.

Prasid Pathak of the Microsoft Corporation and a member of the selection committee, said, "Above all else, we value passion, and these students have stories that are inspiring. I'm so thankful that we can do something to help." The two students each received $5,000, plus a variety of software products from Microsoft.