The College of Engineering celebrated the accomplishments of the Class of 2011 at a special Recognition Ceremony on Saturday, May 14. The graduates joined their peers from across the University for the 2011 Commencement Ceremony the following day.
This year, the College conferred 211 Bachelor of Science degrees in Civil, Chemical, Computer, Electrical, and Mechanical Engineering. Sixty-two Master of Science degrees were also awarded, and two doctoral candidates were hooded.
Student speaker Margaret Carragher CE '11 encouraged her fellow engineers to remember that "this diploma represents everything you have learned, how you have grown, and is an inspiration going forward," she said. "Over the last four years, we have learned a lot, in class, in labs and interactions with faculty and each other. But the most important lesson…was that we learned how to learn." She concluded by challenging the class of 2011 to "GO! Go knowing you will never stop learning, never stop growing, can take on any challenge that comes your way, and that you always have a place…to call home.”
The College also awarded recognition medallions to students who have not only excelled academically, but also have demonstrated leadership. This year’s winners included:
- Christina M. Rosati, who received The Robert E. White Chemical Engineering Award, which is presented to a graduating senior who best combines performance in Chemical Engineering studies with scholarship, dedication, leadership, and other qualities desirable for the successful application of an engineering education. Rosati also received The Robert D. Lynch Award, named for Dr. R. D. Lynch, former Dean of the College of Engineering, and given by the Engineering Alumni Society. This award acknowledges a graduating senior for outstanding academic achievements and exemplary dedication to serving the community.
- Adrienne G. Donaghue, who received The Civil and Environmental Engineering Faculty Award, which is presented to a graduating Civil Engineering student who has achieved academic excellence and has freely given his/her time, energy, and talents to fulfill the mission of the University.
- John M. Outwater, who received The Computer Engineering Outstanding Student Award, which is presented to a student who has shown superior academic performance as a Computer Engineering student, along with outstanding commitment and leadership demonstrated in co-curricular activities.
- Stephen D. Twigg, who received The Electrical Engineering Outstanding Student Award, which is presented to a student who has shown superior academic performance as an Electrical Engineering student, along with outstanding commitment and leadership demonstrated in co-curricular activities.
- Kristopher R. Doll, who received The Mechanical Engineering Outstanding Achievement Award, which is presented to a Mechanical Engineering student who has shown professionalism evidenced by exemplary effort, character, and service, combined with academic achievement.
- Robert V. Crawford, who received The College of Engineering Outstanding Graduate Student Award, which is presented to a graduating Ph.D. or master's degree student who has achieved distinction through outstanding graduate academics and research, and through exemplary leadership and service to the University and the College.
The College also presented four graduate students with Outstanding Graduate Student Certificate Awards, which are presented in recognition of outstanding graduate research, leadership, and service to the College. This year’s honorees, who completed their graduate studies throughout the course of the 2010-2011 academic year, were Robert V. Crawford ME '08, MSME '10; Andrew R. Ferens ChE '09, MSChE '11; Kalyan V. C. Rapolu MSEE '06, PhD '10; and Evgeny Nemirovsky MSCE '11.