2015 College Awards, Prizes, & Recognitions

May 12, 2015

Scholars

SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY SCHOLARS The highest undergraduate honor awarded by Syracuse University. Emily R. Tucci Elliott J. Russell REMEMBRANCE SCHOLARS Awarded by Syracuse University to honor the SU students lost in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103. Chelsea J. Stephens Elliott J. Russell Nikolay I. Rodionov Rebecca E. Moore Karolina A. Lubecka Tenzin C. Lama SENIORS AND GRADUATE STUDENTS WHO RECEIVED ALL-UNIVERSITY AWARDS AND HONORS ALL-UNIVERSITY DOCTORAL PRIZES Awarded by the Graduate School to recognize superior achievement in completed dissertations. Aravind Prakash Wenke Tang Xiang Sheng Brian Rautio GRADUATE SCHOOL MASTER OF SCIENCE PRIZE Awarded by the Graduate School to recognize outstanding achievement among recipients of M.S. degrees. Chen Liu HuilinMa RENEE CROWN UNIVERSITY HONORS For seniors who have completed a multi-semester senior Capstone Project and have demonstrated an excellent command of language and commitment to global awareness, civic engagement, collaborative work, and academic breadth and depth. Kevin D. Aziz Lynda M. Brady Philip M. Choiniere Grant W. Griffiths Karolina A. Lubecka Weston K. Ryan Shannon M. Walter US ARMED FORCES COMMISSIONS The College of Engineering and Computer Science has a long tradition of helping to prepare leaders for our nation's armed services. These members of the Class of 2015 will be commissioned on Sunday, May 10th. Mark C. Holloway Douglas Driscoll University College Awards UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OUTSTANDING GRADUATE AWARD For outstanding part-time students earning a graduate degree with distinction. Zachary Bergquist UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OUTSTANDING UNDERGRADUATE AWARD For outstanding part-time students earning an undergraduate degree with distinction. Vanessa Ramirez

College-Wide Awards and Prizes

COLLEGE MARSHALS Two seniors who will lead the academic procession of graduates at Commencement, selected for academic achievements, scholarly activities, service to others, extracurricular activities, and collegiality. Kevin D. Aziz Andrew T. Festa GEORGE M. BERRY AWARD FOR BEST ALL-AROUND SENIOR For excellence in academics, with distinguished contributions through leadership, service, and extracurricular activities. Lynda M. Brady GEORGE M. BERRY AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING DESIGN ACHIEVEMENT For a senior who has demonstrated outstanding creativity and tenacity in developing an original design solution to a technical problem. Henry S. Morrow THE YUEH-YING HU MEMORIAL AWARD For a senior woman who best exemplifies the spirit, determination, and academic excellence demonstrated by Ms. Yueh-Ying Hu. Mileysa Ponce Rios THE EARL H. DEVOE PRIZE FOR OUTSTANDING UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH For an undergraduate student who has made a significant scholarly research contribution. Katelyn L. Buchanan THE RICHARD A. BERNARD AWARD Endowed by Jean I. Bernard in memory of her husband, for a senior who has shown awareness to the needs of physically-challenged individuals and the creative application of engineering approaches to those functional and practical needs. Emily R. Tucci THE COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AND COMPUTER SCIENCE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION SERVICE AWARD For a senior who has performed extraordinary service on behalf of the College community. Karolina A. Lubecka ANDREA L. RUBIN MEMORIAL AWARD For a senior completing the requirements of the College of Engineering and Computer Science Cooperative Education Program. Dianna Jackson

Aerospace Engineering

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD IN AEROSPACE ENGINEERING Endowed by I.A. Hotze, BEE '43,for a senior who has demonstrated the highest level of academic excellence throughout his or her SU career. Mark C. Holloway THE RICHARD HEIMBURG ACHIEVEMENT AWARD IN AEROSPACE ENGINEERING In honor of our courageous friend and colleague, Dr. Richard Heim burg, for a senior who has made the most significant creative achievement while maintaining a high level of academic performance. Henry S. Morrow

Bioengineering

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD IN GRADUATE STUDY For an outstanding graduate student in Bioengineering. Sachin Mali KAREN M. HllEMAE OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD IN BIOENGINEERING Established in memory of Dr. Karen M. Hiiemae, beloved professor, mentor, and pioneer in science and research, for a senior who has combined outstanding academic achievement in bioengineering with the strength and spirit Dr. Hiiemae exhibited throughout her life. Elliott J. Russell BIOENGINEERING FOUNDERS AWARD Awarded in honor of Drs. Joseph Zwislocki and Earl Kletsky, initiators and nurturers of the bioengineering program, to a senior who has demonstrated outstanding and wide-ranging skills. Weston K. Ryan OREN NAGASAKO AWARD For Bioengineering majors who demonstrate outstanding dedication and hard work acting as a preceptor to fellow students. Chelsea J. Stephens

Chemical Engineering

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD IN GRADUATE STUDY For an outstanding graduate student in Chemical Engineering. Jaimee M. Robertson OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD IN CHEMICAL ENGINEERING Endowed by I.A. Hotze, BEE '43,for the senior with the most distinguished academic record. Aaron L. Burlew THE ALLEN J. BARDUHN AWARD For a senior who combines academic excellence with a commitment to service in the chemical engineering profession. Tae Keun Huh

Civil and Environmental Engineering

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD IN GRADUATE STUDY For an outstanding graduate student in Civil and Environmental Engineering. Mebrahtom G. Mezgebo OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD IN ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING Endowed by I.A . Hotze, BEE '43,for a senior in Environmental Engineering with outstanding credentials, who has demonstrated leadership in extracurricular activities. Jeffrey W. Minnich K.L. LUI MEMORIAL AWARD Awarded in memory ofKui Leung Lui for his inspiration to many through his belief in family values, lifelong learning and self-improvement,for a senior who has exemplified hard work, honesty, selflessness and generosity. Tomas Kovalcik THE JOHN BURCH MCMORRAN '22 AWARD For a Civil Engineering senior, based on academic performance and extracurricular activities. Karolina A. Lubecka THE SAMUEL P. CLEMENCE PRIZE FOR OUTSTANDING SENIOR DESIGN Funded by Mr. Abdallah Yabroudi '78 G'79, CEO and Managing Director of Dubai Contracting Company, for the best overall senior design project in Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Overall Best Project: CARMEZ Consulting, “Structural Analysis on the Chancellor’s Residence at Syracuse University, ” Paul Andersen, Thomas Christakos, Brian Elliot, Daniel Mork-Millington, George Ryan, Michael Zhang

Best Presentation: Sturdy Span, I-690 Teall Avenue Bridge Replacement,” Benjamin Knipe, Shannon McGowan, Colin O’Neill, Ethan Smolinsky, John Spritzer, Mark Strzalkowski

 Most Innovative: Celadon Associates,“Sheen Remediation of a Fuel Storage Facility,” Juwairiah Ahmad, Sean Carney, Jeffrey Minnich, Daniel Partin

CIVIL AND ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING FACULTY AWARD This award is presented annually to a senior who combines academic excellence with a commitment to service in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. John M. Spritzer Quinn K. Desibia THE DR. JAMES A. MANDEL PRIZE FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN CIVIL AND ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING In honor of professor Emeritus fames A. Mandel,for a senior active in the National Society of Black Engineers. Leroy A. Antoine

Computer and Information Science

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD IN GRADUATE STUDY For an outstanding graduate student in Computer Science. Akash Waran OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD IN COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCE Endowed by I.A. Hotze, BEE '43, for a senior in Computer and Information Science who has demonstrated excellence in coursework, project design and implementation, or research. Steven J. Perkins THE WARREN SEMON PRIZE In honor of Dr. Warren Semon, first dean of the School of Computer and Information Science,for a senior who has established an exceptional scholastic record. Kevin D. Aziz THE IEEE COMPUTER SCIENCE AWARD For a Computer Science senior who has demonstrated excellence in service, leadership, and scholarship. Grant W. Griffiths

Computer Engineering

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD IN GRADUATE STUDY For an outstanding graduate student in Computer Engineering. Neethu Haneesh Bingi OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD IN COMPUTER ENGINEERING Endowed by I.A. Hotze, BEE '43, for the computer engineering senior with the most distinguished academic record. Dingfeng Shao THE IEEE COMPUTER ENGINEERING AWARD For a Computer Engineering senior who has demonstrated excellence in service, leadership, and scholarship. Tania Nsouli Ashley McVeigh

Electrical Engineering

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD IN GRADUATE STUDY For an outstanding graduate student in Electrical Engineering. Tao Ma OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD IN ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING Endowed by f.A. Hotze, BEE '43,for the Electrical Engineering senior with the most distinguished academic record. Alexander E. Julian THE IEEE ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING AWARD For an Electrical Engineering senior who has demonstrated excellence in service, leadership, and scholarship. Christopher A. McCarthy

Engineering Management

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD IN GRADUATE STUDY For an outstanding graduate student in Engineering Management. Ying Zhang

Mechanical Engineering

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD IN GRADUATE STUDY For an outstanding graduate student in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Yi Liu JAY WYNER AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING Established for Jay S. Wyner who studied engineering at SU through the G.J. Bill, for a senior who has demonstrated exceptional academic excellence. Yin Fan Chen OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING Endowed by I.A. Hotze, BEE '43, for a Mechanical Engineering senior who has demonstrated a high level of excellence throughout his or her SU career. Kevin Venne THE BERNARD WOOD ACHIEVEMENT AWARD IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING In honor of Dr. Bernard Wood, scholar, teacher and gentleman, for a senior who has made the most significant creative achievement while maintaining a high level of academic performance. Minghui Chen

2015 Dean's Awards for Excellence in Engineering Education

Dr. Makan Fardad Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science In recognition of his ability to use real-world problems and examples to effectively engage students in very theoretical course material and his ability to inspire students, both inside and outside the classroom. Dr. Jae C. Oh Associate Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science In recognition of his significant revisions to the Computer Science section of ECS 101 in order to make a positive impact by building community amongst first year students; making computer science accessible to students from diverse backgrounds; and connecting theory and practice through project-based learning. Prof. David E. Quinn Adjunct Instructor, Department of Biomedical and Chemical Engineering In recognition of his ability to translate over 28 years of experience as an engineer in the medical device industry into effective teaching and mentorship at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in the Bioengineering program.