Exceptional SAE Students Receive Recognition for their Work

USC Viterbi Staff | September 28, 2017

The SAE program congratulates Marilee J. Wheaton and John Fijita on their recent accolades.

Marilee Wheaton. Photo/CSUN

Marilee Wheaton is a Recipient of a CSUN Volunteer Service Award

 Marilee J. Wheaton, a PhD student and past instructor in the Systems Architecting and Engineering (SAE) program, received the Cal State Northridge Volunteer Service Award for her support of women in science and engineering.  Marilee is a current member of the Advisory Board for the Bonita J. Campbell Endowment for Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) and also a past chair for the WISE Board. The WISE mission is to encourage women to build careers in the fields of science and engineering, to advance in their careers, to preserve the story of women who have pioneered in the science and engineering disciplines and to inform leaders and educators about the contribution that women make in these important fields. The WISE Board serves as an advisory group that helps in guiding future and present women in career endeavors in the fields of engineering, math and science. The Board acts as an advisory committee to improve the understanding, appreciation and recognition of women’s contributions in these technical fields, and also supports the occupational growth of women within the math and science industries.   

Marilee Wheaton elected to IEEE Senior Member grade

Wheaton has also recently been elected as a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). IEEE senior membership is an honor bestowed only to those who have made significant contributions to the profession and requires references from three IEEE senior or fellow members.  Wheaton is a Systems Engineering Fellow in the Systems Engineering Division at The Aerospace Corporation.

 John Fujita competitively selected to receive educational fellowship

John Fujita was competitively selected to receive an educational fellowship from The Aerospace Corporation to study in the SAE program. This fellowship is for a five year term of study leading to a PhD degree. Fujita is a principal engineer in the Advanced Development and Planning Division at The Aerospace Corporation, where he supports studies and conducts analyses for future portfolios of space architectures. Fujita has both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in aerospace engineering and a master’s degree in Systems Architecture and Engineering, all from the University of Southern California.