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Mentor-Mentee Mutual Admiration 

May 10, 2016

Michael Butler, Dr. Michela Becchi and Da “Daniel” Li standing in front of other graduate students who are seated in the lab.

Original story by , College of Engineering

MU electrical and computer engineering Assistant Professor Michela Becchi told her graduate research assistants that her success is a reflection of the work they do in her lab.

They say their success has everything to do with their excellent mentor.

Becchi recently received the UM System’s President’s Award for Early Career Excellence in no small part because she is the top National Science Foundation-funded faculty member on the MU campus.

Two of Becchi’s graduate assistants are nearing the end of their programs. Da “Daniel” Li, is set to defend his dissertation this summer, and Michael Butler will defend his thesis this summer. The pair has landed dream jobs at Facebook and Google, respectively.

According to Butler, “Dr. Becchi knows exactly what the lay of the land is in the current field,” Butler said. She makes time for you; she helps you; she guides you; she mentors you. She gives advice that actually helps you and she’s easy to talk to.”

Pictured in the photo front row: Michael Butler, Dr. Becchi and Da “Daniel” Li. Back: Andrew Todd, Wenbo Guo, Tyler Waddington, Hancheng “Henry” Wu, Huyen Nguyen and Ruidong Gu.

Be sure to read the entire story from the College of Engineering News team here.