Contact: Ellen Sterner
SMU News & Media Relations
(214) 768-7650

February 6, 2002


DALLAS (SMU) -- Nathalie Raad has been named the Shuford Research Scholar at the Southern Methodist University School of Engineering.

The Shuford Research Scholarship was established by Karen and David Shuford of Dallas. Karen Shuford is a 1970 graduate of the SMU School of Engineering and vice chair of the school’s executive board.

The Research Scholars program at the SMU School of Engineering was established in 2001 to help the school recruit high-caliber students and give those students an opportunity to conduct nationally significant research at an early stage in their careers. Students who are named research scholars receive a $25,000 scholarship over their four years in college. The research scholarships can supplement other scholarships students may receive.

Raad, a freshman majoring in electrical engineering, will work with electrical engineering professor Scott Douglas to develop digital technologies for musical composition.

Raad, who has studied both piano and cello, said she is excited about the opportunity to help Douglas with his research because it will enable her to combine her interests in music and engineering.

“We are pleased to support SMU, the School of Engineering and, most importantly, this outstanding student,” the Shufords said. “The Research Scholars Program has the potential to make a positive impact not only on the participating students, but on the many others whom they will eventually influence.”

Raad is a 2001 graduate of Ursuline Academy in Dallas. She is the daughter of Peter and Jocelyne Raad of Dallas.

For more information on the Research Scholars program at SMU, call 214-768-3979.