June 1, 2004

Contact: Jill Hummels, School of Engineering, (785) 864-2934.

KU engineering school honors outstanding students, faculty

LAWRENCE -- The University of Kansas School of Engineering honored its graduates at a recognition ceremony Sunday, May 23.

More than 350 graduate and undergraduate students earned the right to take part in the ceremony, which was in the Lied Center of Kansas at KU.

During the ceremony, several undergraduate students were named the outstanding student in their particular engineering discipline. Two of those students, Megan MacDonald, a senior in aerospace engineering from Oak Grove, Mo., and Scott Roberts, a senior in chemical engineering from Arma, are the 2004 recipients of the Sammie and Carl Locke Award for Outstanding Graduating Senior in the School of Engineering.

Five faculty awards also were presented during the event.

JoAnn Browning, assistant professor of civil, environmental and architectural engineering, received the $4,000 Miller Professional Development Award for Service. Browning has been active at every level of professional service and has devoted considerable effort to the American Concrete Institute, where she serves on numerous committees. She also was elected to the board of directors of the Consortium of Universities for Research in Earthquake Engineering.

Kyle V. Camarda, assistant professor of chemical and petroleum engineering, received the $4,000 Gould Award for Outstanding Advising. Camarda was credited with inspiring his students to apply, push and motivate themselves. He is heavily involved in many student professional organization groups and includes many of his undergraduates in his research.

David Graham, associate professor of civil, environmental and architectural engineering, received the $4,000 Miller Professional Development Award for Research. In 2003, Graham was associated with more than $900,000 worth of research awards from funding agencies such as the National Science Foundation and the Environmental Protection Agency. Graham also was involved in several publications throughout the year.

Donald W. Green, Deane Ackers distinguished professor of chemical and petroleum engineering, received the $4,000 Gould Award for Outstanding Teaching. Green has been a member of the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering for more than 40 years. He has gone to great lengths to ensure every student learns the material. Green also encourages students to broaden their understanding of their chosen field with practical experience gained by participating in research activities on campus.

James Stiles, associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science, received the John E. Sharp and Winifred E. Sharp Teaching Professorship, which lasts three years and includes an annual personal award of $5,000 plus access to $5,000 annually for instructional development. Stiles was selected, in part, based on his distinguished classroom instruction, as judged by current and former students and faculty, his innovative delivery of engineering instruction and his past recognition as an outstanding engineering educator.

Students, their hometowns, majors, academic level, parents' names and high schools attended (when available) are:

CRAWFORD COUNTY
From Arma
Scott Roberts, senior in chemical engineering, son of Alan and Linda Roberts; Northeast High School.

DOUGLAS COUNTY
From Lawrence
Matthew Kapfer, senior in civil engineering, son of George and Sue Kapfer; Lawrence High School.

JOHNSON COUNTY
From Fairway
Jeff Denton, senior in architectural engineering, son of Ronald and Joanne Denton; Shawnee Mission East High School.

From Overland Park and Kirksville, Mo.
Scott Cook, senior in electrical engineering, son of Royce Cook, Overland Park; Kirksville Senior High School.

SEDGWICK COUNTY
From Wichita
Nathan Lenz, senior in mechanical engineering, son of Tim and Christine Lenz; Wichita East High School.
Joni Jorgensen, senior in engineering physics, daughter of John and Debra Jorgensen; Kapaun-Mount Carmel High School.

MISSOURI
From Kansas City
Susanne Jones, senior in petroleum engineering, daughter of George and Barbara Jones; St. Pius X High School.

From Kirksville and Overland Park, Kan.
Scott Cook. See Overland Park, Kan.

From Oak Grove
Megan MacDonald, senior in aerospace engineering, daughter of Kent and Karen Minton; Truman High School, Independence, Mo.

NEBRASKA
From Omaha
Linda Schellpeper, senior in computer science, daughter of Gene and Beverly Schellpeper; Millard West High School.

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