Belmont senior Matt Lefavor and alumnus Nick Williams took top awards in their categories at the Nashville Technology Council 2010 Awards Ceremony. The ceremony, held in the Renaissance Hotel ballroom Oct. 28, drew 400 of the city’s leading technology professionals.
Lefavor, the Information Technology Student of the Year, is a double major in Computer Science and Philosophy in the Belmont Honors Program and has presented undergraduate research in both fields. His most recent summer job was data mining at the Goddard Space Flight Center, preparing the next Mars Rover to find life on the Red Planet. Williams, the Software Programmer/Engineer of the year, earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Belmont in 2009. He was a double major in Computer Science and Audio Engineering Technology. He is currently a software developer at PureSafety, provider of risk management software to 35 percent of the Fortune 500 companies.
Lefavor’s award marks the second year in a row that Belmont has claimed the IT Student of the Year. The 2009 award winner was Hank Carter, a Computer Science major who finished his B.S. in May 2010 and is now a graduate student at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Like each of the 12 award winners, Lefavor and Williams took home beautiful new Epiphone guitars. The guitars are a symbol of the NTC “Feel the Beat” Technology Awards, and each year they are decorated with a unique design. Lefavor also took home a fully-loaded laptop, courtesy of NTC sponsor Hewlett-Packard, and a $500 scholarship also provided by Hewlett-Packard.