Engineering Excellence: Undergrads Recognized at Annual Celebration
Each year the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland celebrates exceptional undergraduate scholars through its Honors and Awards, which recognize students for their academics, leadership, and service.
Maryland Engineering honored 70 undergraduates who exemplify the college’s commitment to excellence at this year’s ceremony event, held May 10 in the Stamp Student Union. Five were recognized with Dean’s Awards.
"There are many reasons for our success. But one of the most important is the high-caliber students we honor tonight," said Clark School Dean Samuel Graham, Jr. "This community would not be what it is without the energy and dedication they bring to campus, the sense of teamwork and camaraderie they create, and the success they push us all to achieve."
Clark School Dean's Award: presented for excellence in academics, leadership, and service to the college.
Senior, mechanical engineering
Allison has served in several leadership positions on the Society of Women Engineers Executive Board and is a member of the College Park Scholars: Science, Technology, and Society Program, the Women In Engineering Student Advisory Board, and Alpha Omega Epsilon. An alum of Flexus, she currently works as a peer assistant in Engineering Career Services, interns for the Women in Engineering Program, and serves as a Clark School Ambassador. Following graduation, Allison will start her career as a mechanical engineer at L3Harris in Wilmington, Massachusetts.
Clark School of Engineering Leadership Award: presented to a Clark School student who demonstrates outstanding leadership.
Senior, aerospace engineering
Erika has served as the president of the Society of Women Engineers for the last two years and is a member of the Women in Engineering Student Advisory Board. She has mentored over 20 students through the Women in Engineering mentoring program and is a proud alum of Flexus, where she served on the programming board. Erika is an active member of Alpha Omega Epsilon sorority for women in STEM and serves as a Clark School Ambassador.
A. James Clark School of Engineering International Leader Award: presented for leadership and service through international engineering activities.
Junior, civil engineering
Annushka has maintained a 4.0 GPA while a member of the University Honors Program, the QUEST Honors Program, and the Engineering Honors Program. In addition to her coursework, Annushka is involved in environmental justice and infrastructure resilience research on campus. She is also heavily involved in Engineers Without Borders and is currently serving as the organization’s president. In addition, Annushka works as a teaching assistant for the Introduction to Design and Quality course in the QUEST Honors Program and teaches SAT preparatory math.
Kim A. Borsavage and Pamela J. Stone Student Award for Outstanding Service: presented for outstanding service and dedication to the Clark School.
Junior, mechanical engineering
Ijeoma is a member of QUEST Honors Program and the Jiménez-Porter Writers’ House while also minoring in creative writing. She has worked at the Center for Minorities in Science and Engineering as a project engineer and website editor. Ijeoma serves on the Women in Engineering Student Advisory Board and serves as president of Flower STEM, a club for blending creativity and STEM. She is a student entrepreneur, author, and filmmaker. Ijeoma is currently producing a short film based on “The Beautiful Math of Coral,” integrating the ideas of home, poetry, science, and art.
Dinah Berman Memorial Award: presented to a third-year engineering student who has combined academic and scholastic excellence with demonstrated leadership or service to the Clark School.
Junior, aerospace engineering
William has maintained a 4.0 GPA at UMD and is interning at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center as a thermal engineer working on the Mars Sample Return mission. Will is one of the founders of the engineering team SatFab (Satellite Component Fabrication). He is also a teaching fellow for ENES100 and performs volunteer engineering work for UMD’s Space Systems Lab. This summer, Will will be interning at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California as a Mission Planning and Sequencing Intern for the Psyche mission.
Congratulations to all 70 of our 2023 honorees!
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