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Two SEAS students receive Amazon fellowships

Peralta, Williams to join CS master’s programs in the fall

2022 Amazon Robotics Day One Fellows Kimberly Llajaruna Peralta and Walter Williams

Kimberly Llajaruna Peralta, left, and Walter Williams have been named 2022 Amazon Robotics Day One Fellows and will pursue master's degrees in computer science at SEAS in the fall.

Two incoming graduate students at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have been selected to be 2022 Amazon Robotics Day One Fellows. Kimberly Llajaruna Peralta and Walter Williams are among 14 students selected for the fellowship, which began last year “to support exceptionally talented students from diverse technical and multicultural backgrounds who are pursuing master of science degrees.” The fully funded fellowships cover tuition, living expenses and other costs for students of robotics, engineering and computer science.

Peralta earned her bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and studio arts at the University of Rochester, and will pursue a master’s in data science. She previously was employed as a process engineer at a Corning lens manufacturing facility in New York, where she worked to determine the optimal tolerances for manufacturing tools and designed new ones to improve the precision of coaters.

Williams majored in computer science at the University of Memphis and will study computational science and engineering at SEAS. He worked at the Cybersecurity Lab of the Center for Information Assurance at Memphis, focusing on machine learning-based applications in cybersecurity.

Peralta and Williams follow 2021 recipients Christopher Croft and Ivonne Martinez, who were part of the inaugural fellowship class. Both are currently pursuing master’s degrees in data science at SEAS.

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