Qualcomm has announced that Adam Polak of the University of Massachusetts Amherst Electrical and Computer Engineering Department was a 2011 recipient of the company’s Roberto Padovani Scholarship. Named after Roberto Padovani, who served as Qualcomm's chief technology officer for nearly a decade, the Roberto Padovani Scholarship is granted to Corporate Research & Development interns who have demonstrated technical excellence during their internships at Qualcomm.
Adam's supervisor explained why he nominated Adam for this prestigious award: "Adam's energy and proactive work style were impressive. He not only came up to speed on the theory of the problem very quickly, but also demonstrated a solid grasp of the engineering assumptions and constraints required to solve the problem."
To be selected for this scholarship, candidates must be in school fulltime, have at least one year of school to complete, be employed as an intern by Qualcomm for at least six weeks, and must be nominated by management. Award recipients receive a $5,000 academic scholarship that is paid directly to them; this funding can be used towards their tuition, books, or living expenses. Recipients of the scholarship are then also eligible for an additional $12,000 return bonus if they return to Qualcomm's Corporate R&D division for another internship or fulltime employment. (November 2011)