Class Day celebrates graduates' potential to serve society

Thursday, Jun 6, 2019
by John Sullivan, Office of Engineering Communications

Dean Emily A. Carter opened the School of Engineering and Applied Science's 2019 class day ceremony by calling on graduates to apply the knowledge they gained at Princeton in service to society.

“We need you,” Carter, the Gerhard R. Andlinger Professor in Energy and the Environment, told students gathered in the Friend Center courtyard for the June 3 event. “This country needs every engineer and scientist to work on the problems that face the nation, and that face humanity and the planet.”

Three graduates of electrical engineering received awards at the event:


Ryoto Sekine

An electrical engineering major with certificates in engineering physics and in materials science and engineering, Sekine’s senior thesis focused on the formation of defects at the interface between silicon and silicon dioxide in semiconductors, which need to be controlled at the level of individual electrons in quantum computing applications. He also developed technology to reduce the defects. Sekine also was head of the electrical system team for Princeton Racing Electric. Sekine, of Chiba-Shi, Japan, will pursue a Ph.D. in electrical engineering at the California Institute of Technology.


Gerry Wan

An electrical engineering major with a certificate in applications of computing, Wan was the first to define and evaluate a new class of attacks against the Tor anonymous computing system, which is designed to protect users’ privacy. Wan developed a defense against the attacks and demonstrated when the defense would succeed and when it would not. Wan’s research is the basis of a report, along with advisor Professor Prateek Mittal, at a major privacy research conference in Stockholm. Wan, of Vienna, VA, will pursue a doctorate in computer science and engineering at Stanford University.


Peter Russell

An electrical engineering major with certificates in applications of computing and in robotics and intelligent systems, Russell worked on applications of photonic neural architecture to optical cryptography. For his thesis, he developed real-time encryption at arbitrarily high speeds. He was president of Princeton Autonomous Vehicle Engineering and chapter team leader of the Princeton Hyperloop team and led the electrical subsystem group in a multi-university collaboration. He also played saxophone in the Princeton University Rock Ensemble. Russell, of Riverside, CT, will work as a business analyst at McKinsey & Company.