Several of the best and brightest students in the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences were honored at an ceremony April 14 in the Madren Conference Center ballroom.

Tom Owino, an associate professor of environmental engineering and earth sciences, presided over the annual gala.

“All of tonight’s honorees are outstanding academicians,” he said. “Many are accomplished researchers, and most have committed themselves to special service projects.”

Student awardees at the 2017 Honors and Awards Ceremony were: Sarah Donaher, Aaron Gordon, Chloe Johnson, Benjamin Shumpert, Jake Flynn, Crystal Pee, Myrtede Alfred, Joey Wilson, Adam Klett, Matthew Seigler, Amanda Farthing, Matthew Chicky, and Taylor Lightner. All those pictured won college-level awards, except Chicky, who received a departmental-level award, the Eastman Chemical Award for Excellence.

Student awardees at the 2017 Honors and Awards Ceremony were: Sarah Donaher, Aaron Gordon, Chloe Johnson, Benjamin Shumpert, Jake Flynn, Crystal Pee, Myrtede Alfred, Joey Wilson, Adam Klett, Matthew Seigler, Amanda Farthing, Matthew Chicky, and Taylor Lightner. All those pictured won college-level awards, except Chicky, who received a departmental-level award, the Eastman Chemical Award for Excellence.

Students dined with family, friends and faculty mentors before receiving their awards and posing for photos. Also in attendance were Randy Collins, the associate vice president for Clemson’s Charleston programs; Doug Hirt, associate dean for research and graduate studies; and Brad Putman, interim associate dean for undergraduate studies.

Anand Gramopadhye, the college’s dean, urged the honorees to continue to be seekers of truth and knowledge and to use knowledge to make the world a better place.

“Be appreciative of all who help and guide you,” he said. “In the end, the mark of an educated man or woman is measured by their contributions that benefit society. I look forward to living in the world you create. Exceed our expectations!”

A list of the awards and their winners are below, followed by a list of members of the Honors and Awards Committee.

 

COLLEGE AWARDS

ROBERT W. MOORMAN AWARD

Dr. Robert W. Moorman was the son of Commandant Thomas Moorman, a graduate in Civil Engineering and Head of the Engineering Mechanics Department from 1958 to 1974. The Robert W. Moorman Award is given in his honor to the most outstanding junior in engineering on the basis of scholarship and character. The recipient receives a handbook, a certificate, and a cash award.

Benjamin Shumpert

Aiken, South Carolina

Computer Engineering

 

BLUE KEY ACADEMIC AND LEADERSHIP AWARD

As a result of funds generated from Tigerama, an endowment has been established to give an award to one student in each of the seven colleges at the university who has distinguished himself or herself in academic scholarship and campus leadership. The recipient receives a certificate and a cash award.

Chloe Johnson

Florence, South Carolina

Materials Science and Engineering

 

 

WESLEY DAVIS LEADERSHIP AWARD

The J. Wesley Davis Leadership Award is given in memory of Dr. J. Wesley Davis, a graduate of Clemson University in electrical engineering and a former president of the Clemson University Engineering Foundation. This award is given to a senior engineering student for outstanding scholarship, leadership in a student engineering organization, and high potential for success in the engineering profession. The recipient receives a medallion and a cash award.

Joey Wilson

Duncan, South Carolina

Bioengineering

 

PHI KAPPA PHI CERTIFICATE OF MERIT

The honoree must be a graduating senior with a GPA of 3.4 or above and have made noteworthy contributions in areas such as leadership, service, and creative endeavors to his or her department, college, and Clemson University. The recipient receives a framed certificate.

Sarah Donaher

Charlotte, North Carolina

Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences

 

SAMUEL B. EARLE AWARD

Dr. Samuel B. Earle was director of the Engineering Department from 1911 to 1933 and dean of the School of Engineering from 1933 to 1950. The Samuel B. Earle Award is given in his honor to the most outstanding senior in engineering on the basis of scholarship and character. The recipient receives a medal and a cash award.

Aaron Gordon

Bethesda, Maryland

Civil Engineering

 

OUTSTANDING SENIOR IN THE SCHOOL OF COMPUTING

OR APPLIED SCIENCES

This award is given to the outstanding senior in the School of Computing or Applied Sciences and is on the basis of scholarship, character, and other factors demonstrating the recipients’ integrity in the field of Computing and Applied Sciences. The recipient receives a certificate and a cash award.

Matthew Seigler

Walhalla, South Carolina

Geology

 

OUTSTANDING UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCHER AWARD

The Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award is given to one undergraduate researcher who has been recognized by faculty for having shown outstanding research potential in their field of study. The recipient will receive a certificate and a cash award.

Amanda Farthing

Indiatlantic, Florida

Industrial Engineering

 

OUTSTANDING GRADUATE RESEARCHER AWARD

The Outstanding Graduate Researcher Award is given to one graduate researcher who has been recognized by faculty for having conducted outstanding research during the school year. The recipient will receive a certificate and a cash award.

Adam Klett

Melbourne, Florida

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

 

OUTSTANDING GRADUATE TEACHING ASSISTANT AWARD

The Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award is given to graduate assistants who have been recognized by the faculty, students, and fellow graduate teaching assistants as exemplary in undergraduate teaching. The recipient will receive a certificate and a cash award.

Myrtede Alfred

Miami, Florida

Industrial Engineering

 

TAU BETA PI SCHOLARSHIP FOR SOUTH CAROLINA ALPHA

This award is made under the Tau Beta Pi Chapter Performance Scholarship Program, which is intended to promote and support undergraduate education in engineering. The South Carolina Alpha Chapter is one of only 17 nationally to receive this award in the past year. The recipient will receive a certificate and a cash award.

Hannah McNulty

Wexford, Pennsylvania

Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences

 

Robert W. Snelsire Diversity Prize

The Robert W. Snelsire Diversity Prize honors the memory of Dr. Bob Snelsire, a professor of electrical engineering who was also a champion of underrepresented students in the college. This award recognizes a student who has been of service to PEER, Programs for Educational Enrichment and Retention or WISE, the Women in Science and Engineering Program. The recipient will receive a certificate and a cash award.

Taylor Lightner

Irmo, South Carolina

Industrial Engineering

 

Jacquelwyn Willis Anthony Award

This award, established by alumna Janine Anthony Bowen, honors her mother as a source of inspiration and encouragement during her college career. This award is presented to a student for distinguished service to PEER, which is the support network for minority students in the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences. The recipient will receive a certificate and a cash reward.

Crystal Pee

Conway, South Carolina

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

 

The Robert B. (’70) and Susan B. Hambright Annual Leadership Program in Engineering

The Robert B. (’70) and Susan B. Hambright Annual Leadership Program in Engineering is being established by Mr. Robert Benjamin Hambright, Class of 1970, and Mrs. Susan Bindseil Hambright. The mission of this merit-based leadership program is to create awareness of the power and impact that can be achieved through leadership. It is the donors’ desire that students who benefit from this program demonstrate leadership qualities in the areas of learning agility, humility, strong character, and demonstrated leadership characteristics in academic areas, student organizations, and community activities. The annual program awards $4,000 to eligible junior and senior engineering students to attend leadership conferences and programs (at Clemson and at other institutions) that encourage accelerated leadership development and awareness for the candidate(s), of which $3,000 will be used to fund leadership related activities and $1,000 will serve as a merit award.

Jake Flynn

Mooresville, North Carolina

Industrial Engineering

 

DEPARTMENT AWARDS

 

AUTOMOTIVE ENGINEERING

Ph.D. Student of the Year

Zoleikha Abdollaahi Biron

Tehran, Iran

 

BIOENGINEERING

JONATHAN BLACK UNDERGRADUATE LEADERSHIP IN BIOENGINEERING AWARD

The award was established in 2011 in honor of Dr. Jonathan Black, Hunter Professor Emeritus of Bioengineering at Clemson University.  This award will be given annually to an outstanding undergraduate student in Bioengineering for leadership and service to the department, in addition to scholastic excellence.

Anna Lu Carter

Anderson, South Carolina

 

CHEMICAL and BIOMOLECULAR ENGINEERING

WESTERN SOUTH CAROLINA SECTION AIChE SCHOLASTIC ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

This award is presented by the regional section of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers to the graduating senior in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering with the highest scholastic average.

Brandon E. Alverson

Cincinnati, Ohio

 

CIVIL ENGINEERING

JOHN M. FORD MEMORIAL AWARD

The John M. Ford Memorial Award is given to the Civil Engineering student who has shown an interest in the professional practice of civil engineering and has attained an outstanding academic record. The award memorializes the achievements of John M. Ford who taught for many years in the Civil Engineering Department.

Ashley Caroline Martin

Lugoff, South Carolina

 

SCHOOL OF COMPUTING

OUTSTANDING STUDENT IN COMPUTING ANNUAL AWARD

Joshua Dunster

Simpsonville, South Carolina

 

ELECTRICAL and COMPUTER ENGINEERING M. RIGGS AWARD

ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING

This award is given to the most outstanding senior in electrical engineering. Recipients are chosen based on their outstanding academic achievement, character, and leadership.

David Shawn Canady

Macon, Georgia

 

ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING and EARTH SCIENCES

THOMAS M. KEINATH ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING AWARD

This award is presented to a student majoring in environmental engineering with outstanding achievements in the discipline and possessing personal attributes necessary for success as an environmental engineer.  The award is given in honor of Dr. Thomas M. Keinath, who served as a faculty member, department chair, and dean of the College of Engineering and Science during his 37-year career at Clemson University. Each award is $500.

Emily Murawski

Kingston, New Hampshire

 

THOMAS F. LOGAN, JR. GEOLOGY MERIT AWARD

This award is presented to a senior majoring in geology with outstanding achievements in the discipline and possessing personal attributes necessary for success as a geologist. The award is given by the geology faculty in memory of Thomas F. Logan, Jr., a 1965 geology graduate of Clemson University.

Matt Seigler

Walhalla, South Carolina

 

GEORGE B. NUTT (SENIOR) AWARD

Biosystems

Presented to a senior student majoring in biosystems engineering with outstanding achievements and possessing personal attributes necessary for successful accomplishments in this discipline. The award is given in honor of Dr. George B. Nutt, the first chair of the Department of Agricultural Engineering at Clemson, who served from 1932 to 1955.

Elizabeth Zanin

Charleston, South Carolina

 

INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING

JIM CHISMAN OUTSTANDING SENIOR AWARD

Recipients of this award are selected for their “all-around” excellence. The award winners are selected by a faculty committee.

Megan Byham

Southlake, Texas

 

MATERIALS SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING

THE GILBERT ROBINSON RESEARCH AWARD

Sarah M. Lowum

Elmira, New York

 

MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

EASTMAN CHEMICAL AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE

The purpose of the Eastman Chemical fund is to provide awards to outstanding students, faculty, and staff of the Department of Mechanical Engineering. A $1,000 award is provided.

Matthew Chicky

Greenville, South Carolina

 

2016–17 HONORS and AWARDS COMMITTEE

Automotive Engineering

Robert Prucka

Bioengineering

Dan Simionescu

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

David Bruce

Civil Engineering

Ronnie Chowdhury

School of Computing

Wayne Goddard

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Carl Baum

Engineering and Science Education

Cindy Lee

Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences

Biosystems

Tom Owino, Committee Chair

Industrial Engineering

David Neyens

Materials Science and Engineering

Gary Lickfield

Mechanical Engineering

Huijuan Zhao

Dean’s Office

Tracy Dodson

Ron Grant