Graduate student Tzeno Galchev was awarded a special certificate by the president of Bulgaria after being nominated for the John Atanasoff award. The award went to Prof. Petar Petrov. The John Atanasoff award is given annually to young Bulgarian scientists under the age of thirty-six for significant achievement in the field of computer engineering and information technology.
The award is named after John Vincent Atanasoff who is a Bulgarian-American physicist and inventor of the Atanasoff-Berry computer, which was the first digital computing device, conceived in 1937.
Tzeno Galchev is a PhD Fellow in Electrical Engineering working with Professor Khalil Najafi. His research focuses on the development of micro power generators that scavenge kinetic energy from vibrations and convert it into electrical power. Mr. Galchev received BSE degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2004 and a MSE in Electrical Engineering in 2006, all from the University of Michigan.