Honors & Awards

2021 Celebration of Excellence

Award recipients will be honored at a virtual event on June 3, 2021.

* 2020-21 graduates

Undergraduate Students

Alumni Outstanding Undergraduate Student

Awarded for representation of how entrepreneurs, advocates, engineers and business, community and creative leaders can create solutions, spur progress and tangibly enhance peoples’ lives.

  • Mark Petrovic *
    Materials Science & Engineering BS

ASCE Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) Scholarship

Provides complimentary Structures Congress student registration and travel assistance for student members (undergraduate or graduate) to attend and actively participate in Structures Congress.

  • Myrlie Taylor
    Civil Engineering BS
  • Katie Wade
    Architectural Engineering BS

ASM Materials Education Foundation Outstanding Scholar

The national scholarship is awarded to three outstanding undergraduate students at the sophomore, junior, or senior level who demonstrate exemplary academic and personal achievements, interest and potential in metallurgy or materials science and engineering.

  • Mark Petrovic *
    Materials Science & Engineering BS

Benjamim A. Gilman International Scholarship

The Gilman-McCain Scholarship is a congressionally funded initiative of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State and named after the late senator John S. McCain from Arizona. With the support of the U.S. Congress, this scholarship honors the Senator’s legacy of public service by enabling undergraduate children of active duty military to develop the leadership and career readiness skills and global perspective to pursue careers of service and contribute to preserving the principles and alliances that are critical to an international order based on the rule of law, human rights, and democracy.

  • Elizabeth Le
    Environmental Engineering BS

College of Engineering Outstanding BS/MS Student Award

Awarded to an undergraduate who has demonstrated excellence in one or more of the following areas: research, mentorship, leadership, teaching, and/or service. Students should be well-rounded and show evidence of making an impact in their fields as well as on the College of Engineering and broader community as a whole.

  • Renee Saraka *
    Chemical & Biological Engineering BS

College of Engineering Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award

Awarded to an undergraduate who has demonstrated excellence in one or more of the following areas: research, mentorship, leadership, teaching, and/or service. Students should be well-rounded and show evidence of making an impact in their fields as well as on the College of Engineering and broader community as a whole.

  • John Card
    Construction Management BS

Cooperative Education Award

These awards are given to students, employers, and faculty for outstanding work in the cooperative education program.

  • Oluwatamilore Ogunranti *
    Chemical & Biological Engineering BS

Dean J. Peterson Ryder Award for Senior Men

Presented to a man in engineering in his senior year who is proficient in studies undertaken and who has participated in extracurricular activities.

  • Hung Nguyen *
    Environmental Engieering BS

Delaware Valley Geoinstitute (DVGI) Student Scholarship

Full-time student working toward a Bachelor of Science or Master of Science degree with a concentration on geotechnical engineering or a related discipline such as geology or geo-environmental engineering with a preference to those who reside in or are attending a college/university in the Delaware Valley area. Selection is made on the basis of grades and academic performance, activities and awards, work experience, and career goals and ambitions

  • Eleana Machado
    Civil Engineering BS

Drexel University Black Alumni Council (DUBAC) Scholarship 

Provides academic financial support for a Drexel undergraduate student leader demonstrating involvement in campus activities and excellence in academic performance. To be considered for this award, applicants must have a minimum 3.2 cumulative GPA.

  • Sarah Andrieux *
    Mechanical Engineering & Mechanics BS

Josiah P. Ryder General Scholarship

This award is presented to an engineering student who is proficient in studies undertaken and who has participated in extracurricular activities.

  • Tony Truong *
    Chemical & Biological Engineering BS

Marilyn A. Burshtin Memorial Award

This award is presented to a woman in the College of Engineering or the College of Arts and Sciences who has demonstrated academic success and who has participated extensively in student activities. It is expected that the recipient demonstrate academic success with a GPA of 3.0 or above, but exceptions may be made if an individual has made exceptional contributions to student activities and/or campus life.

  • Janna Lue *
    Environmental Engieering BS

Moles Scholarship

The Moles Charitable Fund provides scholarships to academically qualified and deserving students at the colleges and universities participating in The Moles Education program. Junior-year Civil Engineering students with a demonstrated interest in the Heavy Construction Industry are considered evidenced by attending the previous October's Moles Students Day and securing an internship preferably with a Moles-member's firm during the summer prior to their senior year if not earlier. Other considerations include excellent academic achievement, a recommendation by the Civil Engineering Dept. Chairman, completed services in any of the Armed Forces (Veterans) and/or participation in heavy construction-related clubs. 

  • Andrew Howe
    Civil Engineering BS
  • Andrew Risser
    Civil Engineering BS

Nicholas Pepino Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship opportunity is open to all full-time sophomores, pre-juniors or juniors. Recipients will be selected on the basis of financial need, scholastic achievement, student activities and community involvement. Applicants must be in good standing with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.

  • Marley Downes
    Materials Science & Engineering BS

Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) Scholarship

Scholarship to attend technical meetings

  • Nicholas Paparo *
    Civil Engineering BS
  • Myrlie Taylor
    Civil Engineering BS
  • Katherine Wade
    Architectural Engineering BS

SWE Leadership Development Program

LDP is an intensive program designed to help SWE members expand their potential.

  • Elizabeth Moroz *
    Materials Science & Engineering BS
  • Cailey Ruderman
    Materials Science & Engineering BS

Tau Beta Pi Fellowship

Drexel Tau Beta Pi members are eligible for $1K and $2K scholarships each year and have access to a vast network of active alums across the country.

  • Mark Petrovic *
    Materials Science & Engineering BS

Undergraduate Research Mini-Grant

This grant provides Drexel faculty and undergraduate student collaborators opportunities in undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative work at the university while also offering undergraduate students the opportunity to build skills in crafting effective application materials for funding opportunities.

  • Edward Gadasu
    Materials Science & Engineering BS
  • Mark Petrovic *
    Materials Science & Engineering BS

Velay Fellowship

The Frances Velay Fellowship Program, with funding from the Panaphil and Uphill Foundations, supports young women in STEM in Drexel's Students Tackling Advanced Research (STAR) Scholars Program.

  • Marley Downes
    Materials Science & Engineering BS

Graduate Students

Best Paper Award from the American Ceramic Society

The Best Paper Award are selected from the papers that are presented at the annual conference and are evaluated using the criteria of “Originality”, “Quality and Thoroughness of Methods, Tests and Applications”, “Style”, “Technical/Scientific Strength”, and “Impact to the Ceramics Community.”

  • Mohammad Balapour
    Civil Engineering PhD

College of Engineering Outstanding PhD Student Award

Awarded to a post-candidacy doctoral student who has demonstrated excellence in research, mentorship, leadership, teaching, and service.

  • Mohammad Balapour
    Civil Engineering PhD
  • Asia Sarycheva *
    Materials Science & Engineering PhD

Drexel Common Good Award

In partnership with the Lindy Center for Civic Engagement, the Drexel Common Good Award is presented to graduate students (master's or doctoral level) who demonstrate academic excellence and who are committed to improving the world around them by making contributions to local, national or global communities through either scholarship, civic engagement, and community building including remotely/online.

  • Mi Thant Mon (Thant) Soe
    Mechanical Engineering & Mechanics PhD

Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN)

This program provides fellowships, through academic departments and programs of IHEs, to assist graduate students with excellent records who demonstrate financial need and plan to pursue the highest degree available in their course study at the institution in a field designated as an area of national need.

  • Jacob Bolduc
    Materials Science & Engineering PhD
  • Mary Qin Hassig
    Materials Science & Engineering PhD
  • Emily Herbert
    Materials Science & Engineering PhD
  • Alex Inman
    Materials Science & Engineering PhD
  • Divya Kamireddi
    Materials Science & Engineering PhD
  • Susan Schickling *
    Materials Science & Engineering MS
  • Thomas Kinard
    Chemical Engineering PhD
  • Phuong Bui
    Materials Science & Engineering PhD
  • Joseph Wright
    Materials Science & Engineering PhD
  • David Freiberg
    Materials Science & Engineering PhD
  • Tim Mac *
    Systems Engineering MS
  • Steven DeLucry *
    Systems Engineering MS
  • Miriam Fuchs *
    Systems Engineering MS
  • Htet Naing Aung *
    Systems Engineering MS
  • Caroline Cameron
    Chemical Engineering PhD
  • Jonathan Estes
    Chemical Engineering PhD
  • Rhyz Pereira
    Chemical Engineering PhD
  • Varun Prasath
    Chemical Engineering PhD
  • Shayna Rumrill
    Chemical Engineering PhD
  • Tana Siboonruang
    Chemical Engineering PhD
  • Marko Jacovic
    Electrical Engineering PhD
  • Rebecca Winter *
    Mechanical Engineering & Mechanics PhD
  • Donald Fehlinger
    Mechanical Engineering & Mechanics PhD
  • Lauren Garofalo
    Mechanical Engineering & Mechanics PhD
  • Nolan Black
    Mechanical Engineering & Mechanics PhD
  • Jonthan Ehring
    Mechanical Engineering & Mechanics PhD
  • Deborah Kapilow
    Mechanical Engineering & Mechanics PhD
  • Hadi Khezam
    Mechanical Engineering & Mechanics PhD

Joseph and Shirley Carleone Endowed Fellowship

This award is a Drexel Endowed Fellowship as a result of philanthropy by Joseph Carleone ('68 '70 '72) to provide financial assistance to graduate students in the College of Engineering.

  • Mark Anayee
    Materials Science & Engineering PhD
  • Michael Carey
    Materials Science & Engineering PhD
  • Gabriel Grajewski
    Architectural Engineering PhD
  • Sherif Khalifa
    Chemical & Biological Engineering PhD
  • Tim Labik
    Mechanical Engineering & Mechanics PhD
  • Tiffany Lakins
    Electrical Engineering PhD
  • Kiana Montazeri
    Electrical Engineering PhD
  • Reza Pejman
    Mechanical Engineering & Mechanics PhD
  • Leila Samandari Masooleh
    Chemical & Biological Engineering PhD

Leroy L. Resser Fund

Scholarship award for a graduate student in College of Engineering.  All students will be reviewed at the time of acceptance into one of the full-time master’s programs.  This is a one-time scholarship awarded at the start of the student’s first year.

  • Joshua Gonzalez
    Materials Science & Engineering MS
  • Anthony Rogers
    Cybersecurity MS

Ms. Jasmine Y. Wright Most Outstanding Graduate Student Award

The Stephen R. Cox and Jasmine Y. Wright Awards recognize one undergraduate and one graduate student who have excelled academically and either overcome tremendous odds to be successful or have consistently made contributions that benefits others. The nomination process is open to all Drexel community members, and decisions are based on the recipients' service, leadership, or other distinctive efforts may have been to the campus, local, national or international community. The Ms. Jasmine Y. Wright Most Outstanding Graduate Student Award – Ms. Jasmine Y. Wright graduated from The Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Bio Behavioral Health in 2011. Jasmine traveled to Ghana, The Gambia, and Senegal to gain maternal and child health knowledge in an effort to increase her overall understanding of health care and treatment from a global perspective. In 2015, she completed her Master of Public Health degree in Environmental and Occupational Health at Drexel University's School of Public Health. A charismatic and caring friend that was passionate about social justice issues plaguing minority communities, Jasmine was taken from us only a few short weeks after graduation in 2015. While her physical presence is sorely missed, her contributions to the world will live on through her published research and her family and friends.

  • Sierra Harris *
    Systems Engineering MS

Mutharasan Fellowship Award

This Fellowship is awarded annually to one first-year PhD student in Chemical Engineering, in honor of our recently retired colleague, Raj Mutharasan, in order to advance research in our department. The fellowship amount is put toward the student's stipend support.

  • Taber Yim
    Chemical & Biological Engineering PhD

NSF GRFP Recipient - Fellow for the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program

The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions.

  • Amy Honnig
    Chemical & Biological Engineering PhD
  • Tana Siboonruang
    CBE PhD

Nominee

  • Jesse Starger 
    Chemical & Biological Engineering PhD

Peace Corps Coverdell Fellowship

The College of Engineering fellowship is for returning Peace Corps volunteers to increase their skills and knowledge in over 14 different technical areas.

  • Hope Foreman
    Peace Engineering MS
  • Ian Oliver
    Robotics & Autonomy MS

Research Excellence - Post-Candidacy

Research Excellence Awards are presented to graduate students who have completed original, innovative research, scholarship and/or creativity during their career at Drexel. The awards are designed to recognize widely disseminated student research with significant impact on the field or society. 

  • Mohammad Balapour
    Civil Engineering PhD
  • Brian Hosler
    Electrical Engineering PhD

TA Excellence Award

Awarded to graduate students who serve as Teaching Assistants or Teaching Fellows (TAs/TFs) and exhibit exemplary commitment to student learning through reflective teaching practices, creative and innovative teaching methods, academic support, leadership and a commitment to their own professional growth and development as an educator.

  • Mi Thant Mon (Thant) Soe
    Mechanical Engineering & Mechanics PhD
  • Hamed Yassaghi
    Architectural Engineering PhD

TA Excellence Award - Highly Commended

Presented to graduate students who serve as Teaching Assistants or Teaching Fellows (TAs/TFs) and exhibit exemplary commitment to student learning through reflective teaching practices, creative and innovative teaching methods, academic support, leadership and a commitment to their own professional growth and development as an educator.

  • Ozgun Acar
    Materials Science & Engineering PhD

The George Hill Jr. Endowed Fellowship

The George Hill, Jr. Endowed Fellowship fund is used to provide a stipend and/or tuition assistance to a new doctoral student who will be partially supported by a research or teaching assistantship in the College of Engineering. Recipients have demonstrated excellence in their undergraduate and graduate careers and the potential to achieve academic excellence at the PhD level. New students are notified of awards at the time of their acceptance into the program and at the request of their advisor or department.

  • Catherine Hill
    Environmental Engineering MS
  • Carmine Romano
    Environmental Engineering MS

The Koerner Family Award

The Koerner Family Awards for Graduate Students in the College of Engineering supports the research of Drexel Engineering graduate students

  • Marko Jacovic
    Electrical Engineering PhD
  • Zachary Minter
    Electrical Engineering PhD
  • Shayna Rumrill
    Chemical & Biological Engineering PhD
  • Sara Schlenker
    Mechanical Engineering & Mechanics PhD
  • Mohammad Taheri
    Chemical & Biological Engineering PhD
  • Henrietta Tsosie
    Materials Science & Engineering PhD
  • Olivia Wilson
    Materials Science & Engineering PhD
  • Rebecca Winter *
    Mechanical Engineering & Mechanics PhD

The Weggel Family Fellowship

This is a tuition scholarship award for a new student in the Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering or Electrical and Computer Engineering departments.

  • Aaron Goldberg
    Civil Engineering MS
  • Jake Simmet
    Civil Engineering MS