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July 4, 2006
James Andrew Ozment, a Georgia Tech computer science graduate ('00) and current research scientist for the College of Computing, is one of 40 winners nationwide for the 2002 Marshall Scholarship award. Ozment plans to pursue an M.Phil. in Information Systems at the London School of Economics next fall en route to the Ph.D. in order to study information security policy.
A native of Huntsville, Ala., Ozment becomes only the second Georgia Tech student in 20 years to win the prestigious Marshall Scholarship, established in 1953 for U.S. students by the British in appreciation for assistance received after the Second World War under the Marshall Plan. Financed by the British Government, the Scholarships provide an opportunity for American students, who have demonstrated academic excellence and leadership potential, to continue their studies for two or three years at a British University.
Long regarded as one of the highest undergraduate accolades, the Marshall Scholarship covers the scholar's tuition costs, books, travel and living expenses while in the United Kingdom. Prominent former Marshall scholars include the U.S. Supreme Court Justice, Stephen Breyer; former U.S. Secretary of the Interior, Bruce Babbitt; The New York Times foreign affairs columnist, Tom Friedman; and the scientist/inventor, Ray Dolby.
As an undergraduate, Ozment was well rounded academically and active in the Georgia Tech community. In addition to his B.S. in computer science, Ozment obtained certificates in history, music and business Spanish, and served as a teaching assistant. Ozment was a President's Scholar, a member of the Honor Advisory Council and a Georgia Tech Ambassador. In addition to his stellar academic performance, Ozment was a cooperative education student at Nortel Networks and pursued undergraduate research. His research project on cheating resulted in a presentation at the 2000 conference of the American Society of Engineering Education and was published in the proceedings.
Currently Ozment is a full-time Research Scientist for the College of Computing at Georgia Tech, working for both the Computing and Networking Services (CNS) group and the Georgia Tech Information Security Center (GTISC). On a part-time basis, Ozment is pursuing an M.S. degree at Georgia Tech in Information Security with an emphasis on technical policy.
"We are extremely happy for Andy in winning this prestigious Marshall award and are proud of his accomplishments as a student in the College," said Peter A. Freeman, dean of the College of Computing. "Andy is indicative of the caliber of student we seek to attract in the College, and this award serves as an encouragement to faculty as well as our students for the work we are doing in our program."