High-achiev­ing stu­dent earns $3000 prize

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

Mata­mata stu­dent Travis Scott has won a pres­ti­gious en­gi­neer­ing schol­ar­ship.

The an­nual Beca Schol­ar­ship of $3000 is awarded to a stu­dent in the fi­nal year of the Bach­e­lor of En­gi­neer­ing (Hon­ours) De­gree who has an out­stand­ing com­bi­na­tion of aca­demic achieve­ment, con­tri­bu­tion to so­ci­ety and lead­er­ship abil­i­ties.

The 22-year-old, who has spe­cialised in com­puter sys­tems en­gi­neer­ing, stood out among his Univer­sity of Auck­land peers, demon­strat­ing an ap­ti­tude and pas­sion for his field, lead­er­ship skills and com­mu­nity ser­vice.

Travis is far from a clois­tered aca­demic how­ever, be­ing a qual­i­fied New Zealand ten­nis as­sis­tant coach and hav­ing rep­re­sented the Waikato in ten­nis from ages 12 to 18.

‘‘These awards were es­tab­lished to sup­port and cel­e­brate en­gi­neer­ing stu­dents with the po­ten­tial to be­come lead­ers. We look for tech­ni­cal abil­ity and aca­demic suc­cess, but just as im­por­tantly we look for char­ac­ter, ap­pli­ca­tion and vi­sion,’’ said Beca ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor David Carter.

‘‘In today’s world it is no longer enough to ap­ply pre-learned so­lu­tions; stu­dents must be equipped to an­a­lyse, eval­u­ate and ad­dress chal- lenges that will not have been con­ceived when they were study­ing.’’

The for­mer head boy of Mata­mata Col­lege is pas­sion­ate about sys­tems and has built, in­stalled, main­tained and re­paired com­put­ers and other de­vices for fam­ily and friends.

‘‘I be­lieve en­gi­neers will be re­quired to find in­no­va­tive so­lu­tions, which al­low us to main­tain our high liv­ing stan­dard while re­duc­ing the strain we place on the Earth,’’ Travis said.

‘‘A key step in reach­ing this goal is to in­crease the ef­fi­ciency of ex­ist­ing sys­tems and I am par­tic­u­larly in­ter­ested in how ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence can be bet­ter utilised in sys­tems to achieve this.’’

Travis is one of nine re­cip­i­ents of the schol­ar­ship this year.

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