Knovel Congratulates Recipients of the 2013 National Merit Bill Woishnis Scholarship

Scholarship supports engineering education

New York, June 3, 2013

Knovel, a leader in providing a Web-based application that integrates technical information with analytical and search tools, today named Alexandra Shi and Benjamin C. Sorkin as the two recipients of the 2013 National Merit Bill Woishnis Scholarship. The scholarship launched in 2010 to honor the life and memory of Bill Woishnis, one of Knovel’s co-founders, who passed away on August 2, 2009.

Jericho Senior High School student Alexandra Shi of Jericho, NY, will begin undergraduate studies in civil engineering at University of Virginia this fall. Half Hollow Hills High School student Benjamin C. Sorkin of Dix Hills, NY, will study mechanical engineering at Princeton University starting in the fall. Both students were selected for their outstanding academic achievements and leadership skills.

“Alexandra and Benjamin impressed the selection committee with their knowledge, skills and leadership qualities, and we have no doubt that they will be successful in college and beyond,” said Sasha Gurke, Engineering Technical Fellow, Knovel. “These two students were up against tough competition for the National Merit Bill Woishnis Scholarship, and they shined in all aspects. We’re proud to provide a scholarship to each.”

The scholarship application requirements included an essay, a recommendation from a school official, a qualifying SAT score and an outstanding academic record. Both students are eligible to receive a scholarship each year, for a maximum of four years, as long as they continue to show academic excellence in an engineering program.

Bill Woishnis earned a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering with honors from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, MA, and began his career as a plastics engineer for Hewlett Packard in the early 1980s. A visionary entrepreneur, Bill first co-founded William Andrew Publishing in 1990 and later co-founded Knovel. Bill’s innovations largely shaped today’s electronic publishing industry.

Additional information about the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program is available at

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