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Commencement 2020 - School Awards



Master of Engineering Banner Bearer

Awarded to a master of engineering graduate who has been judged by the faculty to have excelled in all aspects of the graduate career and is considered an outstanding example of a professional engineering student. The Master of Engineering Banner Bearer is an honor bestowed on the master’s graduate with the highest scholastic achievement.


Matthew J. Klooster
Nashville, Tennessee

Matthew Klooster, of Nashville, is graduating with a Master’s of Engineering degree in civil engineering with a concentration in construction management. He received a full scholarship for his master’s work from the Air Force Institute of Technology. He has served as president of the civil and environmental engineering department’s Graduate Student Council. Matthew has been on active duty for four years as part of an eight-year active duty commitment. After graduation, he will be reassigned to Francis E. Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne, Wyoming, where he will be the project officer for a large medical clinic construction renovation. Matthew plans to continue his career in the U.S. Air Force. He is the son of Chuck and Alida Klooster of Charlevoix, Michigan.

Bachelor of Engineering Banner Bearer

Awarded to a senior 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 Banner Bearer is selected from the summa cum laude graduates.


Keegan Maguire Campanelli
Palmyra, Virginia

Keegan Maguire Campanelli is graduating with a degree in electrical engineering and a minor in computer science. He served as president of Students Promoting Environmental Awareness and Responsibility and championed SPEAR’s campaign to assist in Vanderbilt’s commitment to 100% renewable energy. Keegan was an undergraduate researcher in the Vanderbilt Institute for Software Integrated Systems. After graduation, he will be a software engineer working on middleware for the Industrial Internet of Things at Real-Time Innovations in Sunnyvale, California. He is the son of Ms. Catherine Maguire and Dr. David Campanelli of Palmyra, Virginia.

Dean's Award for Outstanding Service 

Awarded to the graduating senior who has shown remarkable leadership qualities and has also made the greatest contribution in personal service to the school. 


Caroline Olivia Janssen
Montgomery, Ohio

Caroline Olivia Janssen has served as the president and vice president of the school’s chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers. She volunteered with the Vanderbilt Engineering Brigade where she designed a water system for a community in Honduras. In addition, Caroline conducted research as part of a team working with Array of Things sensors on campus to capture mobility and air quality data. She graduates with a degree in civil engineering and will pursue a master’s degree in civil engineering at Vanderbilt. Caroline is the daughter of Andy and Stephanie Janssen of Montgomery, Ohio. 



Nnamdi Chidozie Okabuonye
South Holland, Illinois

Nnamdi Chidozie Okabuonye has served on the executive board of the school’s chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers for three years and as a student VUceptor for three years. He also served as president and committee chair of the MOSAIC Diversity Recruitment Program for four years and led an executive board team of 14 Vanderbilt students while collaborating with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions for the MOSAIC program. Nnamdi has held several internships and graduates with a degree in computer science. He will join Microsoft as a software engineer in Seattle, Washington. He is the son of Romanus and Eucharia Okabuonye of South Holland, Illinois. 

Dean's Award for Outstanding Scholarship

This award goes to students who have exemplified the highest degree of scholarship and have achieved summa cum laude distinction.

Jorie Donna Budzikowski, Wheaton, Illinois Allen Joseph Luna, Centerville, Ohio
Matthew Prasad Burruss, Louisville, Kentucky Luke David Neise, Wildwood, Missouri
Keegan Maguire Campanelli, Palmyra, Virginia Dalton Jay Nelson, Platte City, Missouri
Kendall Helene Derry, Fair Oaks, California Swapnil Pande, Chantilly, Virginia
James Alexander Dohm , Beverly Hills, California Stephanie Pellegrino, Brookfield, Connecticut
William Henry Hellman, Louisville, Kentucky Ayush Sangari, Sunnyvale, California
Canwen Jiao, Nanjing, China Hansen Wu, North Haven, Connecticut
Emre Kanli, Istanbul, Turkey Yunxi Xiong, Chongqing, China
Haoyu Li, Beijing, China Yufei Yan, Nanjing, China
Timothy Liang, Germantown, Tennessee Juecen Zhan, Nanjing, China


Wilson and Nellie Pyle Miser Award

This award is given to the senior who has excelled in all aspects of mathematics during the student’s undergraduate career.


Noah Christopher Popham
Louisville, Kentucky


Stein Stone Memorial Award

This award is given to a senior 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.


Kendall Helene Derry
Fair Oaks, California