ME students receive awards during 2011 senior reception

2011 Mechanical Engineering graduates

Distinguished awards were presented May 12 to six seniors and three design teams at a reception hosted by the mechanical engineering department in honor of the department’s graduating seniors.

More than 150 people, including seniors and their families, and the ME faculty attended the gala reception in Featheringill Hall’s Adams Atrium. Each graduating senior received a memento and individual awards were given to six students:

  • The ME Program Award for a member of the graduating class judged to have made the greatest progress in professional development went to Jordan Croom.
  • A Leadership Award for a graduating senior showing the most promise through his engineering, management and leadership skills went to both Sam Malanoski and Eppa Rixey.
  • An Academic Achievement Award for the best academic performance went to Mohd Hilmi.
  • The Mechanics and Control Award for an outstanding senior showing the most promise in the study and pursuit of Mechanics and Control Engineering went to John Hoke.
  • The Thermal-Fluids Award for an outstanding senior showing the most promise in the study and pursuit of Thermal and Fluids Engineering went to Chris Cameron.

Three senior design teams were selected by the ME faculty to receive the Senior Design Team Award for showing the most creativity and originality in their design. The chosen teams were

  • Energy Recapture from Exhaust Stacks sponsored by Denso, Maryville, Tenn. (Team: Nabil Yahaya, Jordan  Croom and Cameron Thomas);
  • Compliant Locking for Airway Surgery, sponsored by ARMA Laboratory at Vanderbilt (Team: James Kemar, Mustafa Hilmi, Nicholas Pappalardo and Mohammed Rahman), and
  • Cryogen Injection for Simulating Airplane Flight, sponsored by the Vanderbilt Aerospace Club (Team: Malanoski, Christopher Cameron, Kyle Bloemer, Jonathan Hoke, Jennifer Frankland, Ryan Taylor).