Graduate students, faculty honored at spring graduate school awards

Published: Jun 4, 2021 1:33 PM

By Virginia Speirs

The Auburn University Graduate School recently hosted the annual graduate student spring awards ceremony. Over 100 graduate students, faculty mentors and university staff joined the virtual ceremony to recognize outstanding graduate students in 11 different categories including outstanding master’s thesis, outstanding doctoral dissertation and two different graduate fellowships. Among the award winners were 15 graduate students and faculty from the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering.

“The graduate school spring awards ceremony is an annual event where we recognize outstanding graduate students and faculty at Auburn,” said Maria Auad, associate dean for graduate studies and faculty development in the college of engineering. “This year, we are thrilled to recognize our deserving students and faculty within the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering. We are delighted to have them here at Auburn and we look forward to seeing all they will accomplish in their future endeavors.”

The list of engineering graduate students and faculty that received awards is below:

Outstanding Master’s Students

Sanjita Wasti, Biosystems Engineering


Outstanding Doctoral Students

Haishun Du, Chemical Engineering

Hemendra Kumar, Biosystems Engineering

Tharikaa Ramesh Kumar, Aerospace Engineering

Dan Xu, Civil Engineering

Chao Yang, Electrical & Computer Engineering


Merriwether Fellows

Arash Tehrani, Mechanical Engineering


President’s Award

Sumaiya Islam, Chemical Engineering


Distinguished Dissertation Award

Richard Cullum, Chemical Engineering 


Master’s Thesis Award

Vitale Kyle Castellano, Mechanical Engineering

Karthik Sridhar, Mechanical Engineering

Sanjita Wasti, Biosystems Engineering 


First-Year Experience Mentorship Awards

Duha Ali, Samuel Ginn College of Engineering

Cody Shelton, Samuel Ginn College of Engineering


Outstanding Graduate Mentors

Davide Guzzetti, Aerospace Engineering

Joseph Majdalani, Aerospace Engineering

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