Spring awards recognize outstanding students, faculty, staff and alumni

Published: Apr 14, 2023 1:45 PM

By Gracie Barranco

The Auburn University Samuel Ginn College of Engineering hosted its annual spring awards ceremony, which recognizes students, faculty, staff and alumni who have shown outstanding leadership and devotion to the college.

“The Samuel Ginn College of Engineering is sought after by many exceptional students and faculty from all over the nation and from around the world,” said Steve Taylor, interim dean of engineering. “This outstanding success and reputation would not be possible without the devoted students, faculty, staff and alumni who make up the college. We are very proud to showcase their achievements.”

Below are the 2023 award recipients:

Frank Vandegrift Co-op Award

•Jared Jones, Electrical Engineering


Birdsong Study Abroad Scholarships

• Justus Smith, Biosystems Engineering

• Ben Steber, Civil and Environmental Engineering

• Eduardo Szperling, Mechanical Engineering

• Virginia Keith, Biosystems Engineering


J. Alley Fellowship

• Matthew Garnett, Chemical Engineering


Auburn Alumni Engineering Council Award for Most Outstanding Engineering Student Organizations

• Auburn Robotics Club

• Engineers Without Borders

• American Institute of Chemical Engineers


Student Organization or Group Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Experience Award

• oSTEM (Out in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) at Auburn


Outstanding Student Awards

• William James Koury, Aerospace Engineering

• Rickman Edgar Williams IV, Biosystems Engineering

• Peter Abraham, Chemical Engineering

• Bess Murrah, Civil and Environmental Engineering

• Seth Andrew Maddox, Computer Engineering

• Saksham Goel, Computer Science

• Nick Rush, Electrical Engineering

• Drew Nardone, Industrial and Systems Engineering

• Jeb Buchner, Materials Engineering

• Noah Kim, Mechanical Engineering

• Ken Zou, Software Engineering


Samuel Ginn Outstanding Student Award

• Noah Kim, Mechanical Engineering


Jeff and Linda Stone Leadership Awards

• Alex Lawing, Industrial and Systems Engineering

• Wesley Lowman, Computer Science and Software Engineering

• Matthew Garnett, Chemical Engineering


Mark A. Spencer Creative Mentorship Award

• Roy Hartfield, Aerospace Engineering

• William “Bill” Collins, Aerospace Engineering


Outstanding Faculty Awards

• Blake Melnick, Aerospace Engineering

• Brendan Higgins, Biosystems Engineering

• Steve Duke, Chemical Engineering

• Molly Hughes, Civil and Environmental Engineering

• Rodrigo Sardinas, Computer Science and Software Engineering

• Hunter Burch, Electrical and Computer Engineering

• Gregory Purdy, Industrial and Systems Engineering

• Dong-Joo (Daniel) Kim, Materials Engineering

• Sushil H. Bhavnani, Mechanical Engineering


Fred H. Pumphrey Teaching Award

• Molly Hughes, Civil and Environmental Engineering


William F. Walker Teaching Awards for Excellence


• Xiao Qin, Computer Science and Software Engineering



• Mark Hoffman, Mechanical Engineering

• Blake Melnick, Aerospace Engineering


Auburn Alumni Engineering Council Research Awards for Excellence:

Senior Award:

• Joseph Majdalani, Aerospace Engineering

• Shuai Shao, Mechanical Engineering


Junior Award:

• Masoud Mahjouri-Samani, Electrical and Computer Engineering

• Panagiotis Mistriotis, Chemical Engineering


Staff Champion for the Student Experience

• Karen Clark, Mechanical Engineering

• Jenny Sconyers, Engineering Administration


Outstanding Staff Award

• Katie Hardy, Engineering Administration

• Jessica Taylor, Engineering Administration


Outstanding Alumni Awards

• Samantha A. Magill, Aerospace Engineering

• Marc Ivey, Biosystems Engineering

• Hudson Pope, Chemical Engineering

• David Stejskal, Civil and Environmental Engineering

• Peter Baljet, Computer Science and Software Engineering

• Brad Cothran, Electrical and Computer Engineering

• Beth Monroe, Industrial and Systems Engineering

• Robert Carter, Materials Engineering

• Martin Stap, Mechanical Engineering

• Erica Walsh, Polymer and Fiber Engineering

Media Contact: Cassie Montgomery, cmontgomery@auburn.edu, 334.844.3668
Interim Dean of Engineering Steve Taylor kicks off the 2023 Spring Awards Ceremony.

Interim Dean of Engineering Steve Taylor kicks off the 2023 Spring Awards Ceremony.

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