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Engineering technology and management senior wins national scholarship, leads community campaign

Rylie Miller | Oct 7, 2019
Andrew Noll

Engineering technology and management senior wins national scholarship, leads community campaign

Rylie Miller | Oct 7, 2019

Engineering technology and management senior Andrew Noll has been recognized as a Streichler Scholar by Epsilon Pi Tau (EPT), an international honorary society for technology.

Noll received the award in September at the 90th Anniversary Celebration Conference in Orlando. Named in memory of former EPT Executive Director Jerry Streichler, the scholarship recognizes academic achievement and accomplishments in helping others.

Earlier in 2019, Noll earned the William E. Warner Best Undergraduate Essay Award from Epsilon Pi Tau, and the Parker Scholarship from Parker Hannifin Corporation in 2018.

“As an undergraduate student, Andrew demonstrates proficiency in technology, practicing, and service,” Associate Professor of Engineering Technology and Management Yuqiu You said. “He intentionally prepared himself in leadership roles through many training programs, projects and practices in society.”

Noll’s fascination for making daily life better is what inspired his engineering-related studies.

“I have always been intrigued with tinkering, taking products apart and rebuilding them, as well as using even basic technology to improve my everyday life,” Noll said.

He credits some of his skills to his parents as well.

“I do attribute my handy skills to my father, along with my mother, he said. “They instilled my work ethic, but also taught me a lot of fundamental skills in carpentry, home improvement and much more.”

His current community service project? Supporting homeless individuals with cold weather supplies.

“The feeling of inclusion and identification I have with Athens is what made me want to become involved in the Athens community,” he said.

Each pack, valued at $25, contains thermal socks, gloves, a hat, a thermal blanket, hand warmers, Chapstick, a bandana for the wind, shampoo, soap, lotion, and some food items.  Noll’s goal is to make at least 50 bags and distribute by Halloween.

“I once gave a homeless person a jacket and a fast food gift card instead of money, and I always thought that could go a long way,” he said. “As someone who feels cold walking across a small campus to class, I can’t fathom what life must be like in those living conditions the majority of the time.”

The Russ College Engineering Ambassadors student organization is helping him assemble the packs.

After graduation in May, Noll will join Honda in Marysville, Ohio. He hopes to continue his cold pack project annually in Athens with the help of on-campus organizations once he’s an alumnus.