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Students in the Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering and Technology at Ohio University were honored Sunday afternoon for leadership and outstanding academics for the 2013-14 academic year. Awardees were recognized at the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society’s annual student awards celebration, held at the Ohio University Inn.
Dean Dennis Irwin set the tone for the banquet by reminding the students that money, prestige and advancement in position are not why they are engineers.
“I would say to you create for good — in other words, pursue your passion. But don’t forget to smile exuberantly as you do,” he said. “If you lose the passion, then you’ll pursue the things that are not worthy goals.”
Senior Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering major Colton Moran received the prestigious Robe Leadership Institute’s Gerald Loehr Oustanding Leader Award.
Loehr nominees were chosen by their respective departments and the winner is selected by the Robe Leadership Institute Board. Moran received a cash award and a plaque.
“With the people I was going up against, I’m very humbled and honored,” Moran said. “They’re amazing individuals. I know them all and some of them are very close friends of mine. Any one of them could have been up there, and I would have been just as happy.”
The Department of Civil Engineering nominated Brandon Totman; Engineering Technology and Management nominated Jonathan Norris; Electrical Engineering and Computer Science nominated Elijah Rippeth; Industrial and Systems Engineering nominated Ben Taylor; and Mechanical Engineering nominated Scott Kostorhyz.
The student chapter of Tau Beta Pi also presented its “Outstanding Senior” award to Chris Delgallo, a Civil Engineering student. Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering nominated Nichole Lowe; Industrial and Systems Engineering nominated Sarah Anderson; Electrical Engineering and Computer Science nominated Mick Koch; Mechanical Engineering nominated Cody Petitt; and Engineering Technology and Management nominated Eric Abboud.
“It’s an honor to get such a high award knowing that so many other students worked hard and had so many accomplishments under their belt, too,” said Delgallo after receiving his award. “It’s good to get that pat on the back after all that hard work.”
Each department also honored top students with cash awards and plaques or certificates.
For Engineering Technology and Management, the F. Theodore Paige Outstanding Graduating Senior Award went to Eric Abboud, who was also awarded the Albert R. Squibb Service to the Department Senior Award. The Jack and Marsha Myslenski Academic Excellence Award went to Brock Thompson.
For Industrial and Systems Engineering, outstanding senior went to Sarah Anderson. Outstanding junior went to Nick Loree and Alex Molnar. The Zwahlen Award for Outstanding Student Achievement in Computer Simulation went to Alex Molnar.
For Civil Engineering, the outstanding senior and senior academic achievement award went to Christopher Delgallo. The senior academic achievement award first runner up went to Raven King. The senior academic achievement award second runner up went to Julianna Murphy. The senior academic achievement award third runner-up went to Joseph Cook. The junior academic achievement award went to Evan Holcombe. The junior academic achievement award first runner-up went to Tyler Collins. The junior academic achievement award second runner-up went to Shelby Wilson. The junior academic achievement third runner-up went to Nick Sparks.
For Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, the 2012 G.E. Smith and G.V. Smith Memorial Engineering Award went to Dominic DiTomaso. Outstanding seniors in electrical engineering were Daron DiSabato and Elijah Rippeth. Outstanding senior in computer science was Mick Koch. Outstanding seniors in computer engineering were Patricia Stuart and Gerrod Schirtzinger. Outstanding junior in electrical engineering was Alex McAdams. Outstanding juniors in computer science were Mackenzie Crabtree and Brady Hutchins. Outstanding junior in computer engineering went to Joseph Scott.
For Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, outstanding senior went to Eric Henry. The Keith M. Russ Award for Outstanding Chemical Engineering Junior went to Emily Blaha, Aaron Burkey, Matthew Conley, Olivia Lanier, and Courtney Sterrick. Outstanding Chemical Engineering Sophomore went to Matthew Stevenson, Sean Thomas, and Natalie Tzap.
For Mechanical Engineering, outstanding senior went to Cody Petitt. Top senior went to Nikolas Mannella. Top GPA award went to Kameron Starr, Katelyn Braun, and Alyson Meister. The undergrad research award went to David Ogden. Special department recognition awards went to Marissa Singley, Mark Piccirillo, and Collier Fais.
DuPont® awarded its Outstanding Co-Op Scholarship to Eric Arnold and Joshua Frash. JPMorgan Chase & Co. awarded its to Gerrod Schirtzinger.
“This year's honorees are some of the best and brightest students to ever pass through the halls of Stocker Center,” said Tau Beta Pi adviser and Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering Monica Burdick. “While many of these students are academic all-stars, most have also excelled in a wide variety of professional, service and entrepreneurial activities.”