Drexel Materials Student Named a 2023 Knight-Hennessy Scholar

Darrell Omo-Lamai
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When BS/MS student Darrell Omo-Lamai attends Stanford University next fall to pursue his PhD, he will do so as a member of their prestigious Knight-Hennessy Scholars program. Knight Hennessy Scholars are chosen for their demonstrated leadership and civic commitment and receive full funding to pursue a wide-ranging graduate education at Stanford University, with the goal of developing a new generation of global leaders. Omo-Lamai is one of 85 high-achieving students from around the world selected for the 2023 Knight-Hennessy cohort.

During his time at Drexel, Darrell participated in the STAR Scholars program, working to study the mechanical properties of additively manufactured titanium and aluminum alloys in the summer after his first year. He later researched chemical preintercalation in Ekaterina Pomerantseva’s Materials Electrochemistry Group and has coauthored a paper as a second author in Frontiers in Chemistry. In addition to his academic and research activities, he is currently the president of Material Advantage and previously served as treasurer for Engineers Without Borders. 

Darrell was one of 14 students in his incoming class to receive the Drexel Global Scholar Award due to his outstanding academic and leadership potential. He received a Drexel Supernova Undergraduate Research Fellowship, has been recognized as a 2019 Drexel Aspire Scholar, and received the 2023 College of Engineering Outstanding BS/MS Student Award. 

“Darrell has shown great leadership capabilities and initiative in his time at Drexel and has a drive for research and independent thinking,” says Steve May, head of the department of materials science and engineering. “His commitment to giving back, promoting the materials field, and supporting his fellow students have been immensely valuable to our community. We are thrilled he will have this tremendous opportunity to continue his leadership path as a Knight-Hennessy Scholar.”