The ECE department and the Robert Habel family have created a new scholarship to honor Michael Habel, a first-generation electrical engineering major who was 21 when he passed away unexpectedly on June 5, 2014. He was very popular in the department and has been cited for his robotic work.
"Michael thrived in and out of the classroom," said Tony Maciejewski, head of the CSU Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. "He inspired others through his creativity, and he used his knowledge to make the world a better place. We are proud to establish a scholarship that will honor him for years to come."
For years, Michael orchestrated an annual holiday lighting display in the front yard of his home. In early November, fellow ECE students paid tribute to Michael by installing the lighting show at the Habel's home (left). The light show, which responds to music, will be open for viewing to the public during the 2014/15 holiday season.