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Convocation Speaker, Fall 2021

Adwith Malpe

Adwith Malpe really enjoyed the interactive nature of his courses while working to obtain his bachelor’s degree in computer systems engineering in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University — so much, that he chose to pursue a master’s degree through the 4+1 program. 

Malpe’s undergraduate efforts were recognized when he received the Fulton Schools Impact Award at graduation. His academic achievements are being acknowledged yet again as he will be one of the student speakers at the Fulton Schools Fall 2021 convocation.

He positively reflects on his time at ASU and the Fulton Schools.   

“The courses taught me how to develop a growth mindset by learning from mistakes, rather than avoiding them,” Malpe says. “ASU also showed me that I can learn from professors who come directly from industry and provide insightful advice.”

Malpe was active outside the classroom, serving as the president of both the Python Users Group and the Artificial Intelligence Club.

“I was able to start the Python organization from scratch and work with lecturer Steven Osburn in creating a curriculum that would teach students of all levels how to code in Python, how to secure engineering internships and how to become better software developers,” Malpe says. “Within three months, the club grew to more than 250 members and helped many students acquire internship offers.”

Malpe worked as a graduate teaching assistant under lecturer senior Michael Clough, whom he credits with helping him grow as a student, engineer and person.

“He would always provide me with insightful advice about how to succeed in a full-time engineering job, how to prepare myself financially and how to teach engineering concepts in a systematic fashion to help students who struggle,” Malpe says. “Dr. Clough also encouraged me to keep an open mind and pursue all fields of interest as a life lesson. I plan to utilize the advice he provided me within my daily life.”

Malpe was also an assembly member in the Graduate and Professional Student Association.

“In the GPSA, I helped develop the First Gen Initiative at ASU, which helped seniors and first-generation college students prepare for grad school and learn about potential resources they may utilize to enrich their learning experience,” Malpe says.

Malpe, who will stay in Arizona as a software engineer at Boeing, has a clear focus for his future as well.

“My long-term career aspirations include traveling to developing countries to work with volunteer engineers in improving technological systems in communities,” Malpe says. “I also want to pursue further education in engineering and business, and develop electric vehicles to establish a net-zero carbon emission environment in the future.”

Read about other exceptional graduates of the Fulton Schools’ Fall 2021 class here.

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