Outstanding graduates recognized at 2009 Commencement Reception

A reception to honor 43 engineering graduates for their outstanding scholarship was held May 7. The graduates and their friends and families gathered at the University Club for an awards ceremony and a buffet meal.

Charreau Sieanna Bell received the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Service, which is given to the graduating senior who has shown remarkable leadership qualities and who has also made the greatest contributions in personal service to the School.

Bell, a biomedical engineering student, served as president of the Vanderbilt Engineering Council, representing more than 1,200 engineering undergraduates. As president, she provided a student voice in School decisions.

Program awards were presented to the following students:  Biomedical Engineering: Hayden Nicholas Box; Chemical Engineering: Michelle Bonnie Brouner; Civil Engineering: Nicholas Andrew Reynolds; Computer Engineering: Joshua Daniel McCluey; Computer Science: Daniel Christopher S. Smith; Electrical Engineering: Grant Tyler England; Engineering Science: Brian William Flaherty; and Mechanical Engineering: Nicholas Carter Gordon.

The Wilson L. and Nellie Pyle Miser Award was given to Grant Tyler England. This award is presented to the senior engineering student who has been judged by the faculty to have excelled in all aspects of mathematics during the student’s undergraduate career.

The Stein Stone Memorial Award was presented to Amanda Megan Scott. The Stone award is given to a member of the graduating class who has earned a letter in sports and who is judged to have made the most satisfactory scholastic and extra-mural progress as an undergraduate.

Banner Bearer in the May 8 Commencement was Andrew Edward Noll. The position of Banner Bearer is awarded to the senior engineering student who has been judged by the faculty to have excelled in all aspects of the undergraduate career and is considered an outstanding example of a well-rounded engineering student.

The 2009 Founder’s Medalist for the School of Engineering is Arunan Skandarajah, who graduated with a BE degree in biomedical engineering. The Founder’s Medal signifies first honors in a graduation class. The recipient is named by the Dean after consideration of faculty recommendations as well as grade point averages of the year’s summa cum laude graduates.

The graduating seniors who achieved summa cum laude distinction are:

Ryan James Baggett, Michael James Banasiak, Steven Thomas Bellows, Hayden Nicholas Box, Michelle Bonnie Brouner, Scott Hardy Campbell, Michael Shafer Cohn, Dalis Elyse Collins, Carol Christine Danna, Alisha DeAn Davis, Grant Tyler England, Molly Ann Favret, Brian William Flaherty, Gregory Dean Gmoser, Nicholas Carter Gordon, Ken Allen Hartsook, Andrew Neal Hogan, Azlan Marzuki Shah Julaihi, Adam David Lander, Lester Clifford Longley, Mikhail Olegovich Maksimov, Cody Lyle Mayer, Joshua Daniel McCluey, Adrianna Nicholson, Andrew Edward Noll, Sami Russell Nour, Edema Ojomo, James Francis O’Keefe, Everett John O’Neal, Sesha Nilmini Pinnaduwage, Andrew McCall Pitman, Nicholas Andrew Reynolds, David James Salvetti, Amanda Megan Scott, Jared Segal, Arunan Skandarajah, Daniel Christopher S. Smith, Brian Jordan Sparrow, Laura Ann Steiner, Daniel James Strickland, Karen Alison Swetland and Ryan Lawrence Theuer.