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1997-1998

WPI Honors Student Leaders

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE/June 26, 1998
Contact: WPI Media Relations, 508-831-5616

WORCESTER, Mass.-The WPI Student Activities Office recently presented Crimson and Grey awards to 24 undergraduates in recognition of their contributions to student life at the University.

This year's winners are:

Timothy Adams of Dayville, Conn., who majored in actuarial mathematics with a concentration in literature, graduated with high distinction in May. Adams was a resident advisor for three years and a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity, Pi Mu Epsilon, the national mathematics honor society, and Tau Beta Pi, the national engineering honor society. Other memberships included the Actuarial Club, Alpha Phi Omega, the national service fraternity, Christian Bible Fellowship, DAKA Advisory Board, Math Club, and the Student Alumni Society.

Baturalp Arslan, from Istanbul, Turkey, graduated in May with a B.S. in electrical engineering with biomedical concentration. He was treasurer of the International Student Council, a founder of WPI's Turkish Student Association, and helped organize the ISC mentor program.

Natalia Carvajal of Cali, Colombia, is a senior carrying a dual major in mechanical and industrial engineering. She is a resident advisor, co-chair of the International Student Council, and a member of LEAP (Leadership Education and Practice Institute).

Natarajan Chandrakant of Bombay, India, is a graduate of the College of Engineering at the University of Bombay and will complete his master's degree in computer science at WPI in October. He is a former president of the Indian Student Organization, served as a teaching assistant, initiated interaction with the Indian Society of Worcester County and established Indian Week to introduce his native culture to members of the campus community.

Maria Isabel Diaz from Puerto Rico, whose parents now live in Singapore, will graduate in 1999 with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. She is the incoming president of the WPI Chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, co-chaired a SHPE/LEAP Leadership Week program, helped bring Latino Week, a celebration of Latino culture, to campus, and serves as a tutor and mentor to students in the Worcester public schools.

Luigi Domingues is a senior majoring in electrical engineering from Lawrence, Mass. He is president of WPI's Hispanic Student Association, an EMSEP (Excellence in Mathematics, Science and Engineering Program) class representative, a National Society of Black Engineers' committee chair, and a member of the Black Student Union and the International Student Council. He was the 1996-97 EMSEP Scholar of the Year.

Craig Hansen of South Windsor, Conn., graduated in May with a B.S. in electrical engineering with specialization in computer engineering. He was a member of the WPI Web Committee, the Social Committee, the 1998 Senior Class Pledge Committee, and the Committee on Student Advising. In 1997 he won first place in the University's Web Graphic Design Contest and was a member of one of the teams that won the President's IQP Award. He is active with Lens and Lights and was one of the coordinators of this year's Quadfest.

Francis Houde of Machias, Maine, is a senior completing a dual major in mechanical and electrical engineering. He is a resident advisor and a student hall director.

Kimberly James of Williamsburg, Va., graduated in May with high distinction. A computer science major who minored in international studies, she was secretary of the Black Student Union, treasurer of the Shotokan Karate Club, a peer coordinator for the Major Selection Program, an EMSEP peer mentor, an Admissions Office penpal, a Global Ambassador, and a member of the WPI String Ensemble, the Concert Band and the Social Committee.

Anu Karna, from Narragansett, R.I., graduated in May with a B.S. in mathematical sciences with a minor in computer science. She has been active in the International Student Council, secretary of the Math Club, a peer learning assistant in the Mathematical Sciences Department, and a member of the Indian Student Council. As a freshman, Karna was one of only two members of her class inducted into Pi Mu Epsilon, the national mathematics honor society.

Alison Keach is a senior mechanical engineering major from Chepatchet, R.I. She was actively involved in the development of WPI's community service program, is an Orientation team leader, a DJ for the campus radio station, feature editor of Newspeak, the student newspaper, and a member of the varsity track and field hockey teams.

Prudence Martin of Westport, Mass., graduated in May with distinction in civil engineering. She has served EMSEP as a class representative, mentor and vice president of the Advisory Board, has been actively involved in the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, the Hispanic Student Association and the American Society of Civil Engineers, and has participated in community service initiatives as a tutor to students in area public schools and in her work with Girl Scouts.

Christopher Modica of Medford, Mass., received his B.S. in civil engineering in 1997 and is completing work for his master's degree in the discipline. A graduate teaching assistant, he is the president of the Interfraternity Council and has served as president and chapter counselor of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. He is a member of the Order of Omega, the national Greek honor society, and has been actively involved in coordinating Midnight Basketball, Health Awareness Day and other substance-free programs and activities.

Andrea Nicolaisen of North Andover, Mass., will graduate in October with a B.S. in mechanical engineering. A member of Phi Sigma Sigma sorority, she is president of the Panhellenic Association and brought together the University's two sororities to sponsor programs and special events that focused on such issues as AIDS, breast cancer awareness and alcohol abuse.

Constance Pappagianopoulos of Peabody, Mass., majored in mechanical engineering with aerospace concentration and graduated in May. A member of Phi Sigma Sigma and the swim team, she was actively involved in community service at the University. Her efforts were focused on educating members of the WPI community about breast cancer, AIDS and HIV, eating disorders and alcohol use and abuse. She coordinated Red Cross blood drives and events for the Pediatric AIDS Foundation and Camp Colors.

Linette Perales of Las Piedras, Puerto Rico, graduated with distinction in May. She received a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering. Perales was vice president and secretary of the WPI Chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and a member of EMSEP, the Hispanic Student Association and Skull, the senior honor society that recognizes members of the WPI community for their contributions to the University. She helped to establish the SHPE/WPI and the EMSEP/WPI advisory boards and served as president of the EMSEP Advisory Board.

Amanda Lee Piper is a senior majoring in chemical engineering from Traverse City, Mich. She is a member of Alpha Gamma Delta sorority, which she has served as vice president of scholarship programs, president of the WPI Chapter of the Society of Women Engineers, treasurer and publicity chair of the campus chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), and a member of Tau Beta Pi, the Panhellenic Council, the Student Alumni Society, the Pre-Law Society, and the Winter Carnival Committee. She has been an Admissions Office tour guide and a resident advisor and will be a student hall director for the coming year.

Jeevanadhar Ramapriya of Billerica, Mass., was a management information systems major who graduated in May with distinction. He has served the University as president and social chair of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity, vice president of the Management Society, and a member of the Strategic Planning Subcommittee. He participated in the Student/Trustee Mentor Program, was one of the coordinators of Winter Carnival, and was actively involved with his fraternity's annual Teeter-Totterathon and Food Drive. He was a Global Ambassador and a member of Skull and the Orientation staff.

Jennifer Dawn Reese of Duanesburg, N.Y., will graduate in 1999 with a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering. She is president of the Student Government Association, vice president of the Pre-law Society, treasurer of Phi Sigma Sigma, and a member of AIChE and the Quadfest and Winter Carnival committees. She was recently tapped for Skull. Tamara Samuels is a senior majoring in mechanical engineering from Hamden, Conn. She has served as president of the National Society of Black Engineers, secretary of the Black Student Union and an EMSEP class representative. She is a member of the Hispanic Student Association and the Class Ring Committee and is an Orientation team leader.

David Smiley of Ridgefield, Conn., majored in management information systems and graduated with high distinction in May. He was Interfraternity Council programming chair and volunteered at the Mustard Seed soup kitchen. He was a member of Zeta Psi fraternity, Sigma Beta Delta management honor society, and Alpha Phi Omega national service fraternity. He has lent his time and energy to Red Cross blood drives, Winter Carnival and Worcester Shines and has participated in multiple sclerosis-related fund-raising activities.

Pedro Soria Rodriguez of Roquetas De Mar, Spain, graduated from WPI in 1996 with a B.S. in electrical engineering and received his master's degree in EE in May. He was a member and Webmaster for the International Student Council, a member of Eta Kappa Nu, the electrical engineering honor society, the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department's Undergraduate Program Committee, and an ECE tutor.

Andrea Sturtevant is a senior majoring in chemical engineering from Dalton, Mass. She is philanthropy chair of Alpha Gamma Delta, a resident advisor, an Admissions Office tour guide and penpal, and a member of the Society of Women Engineers, the Student Alumni Society and the Order of Omega. She has worked with Camp Reach and the Frontiers/Strive programs and will be a student hall director for the 1998-99 academic year.

Garrett Sutton of Atlanta, Ga., is a senior majoring in biomedical and electrical engineering. He is vice president of the National Society of Black Engineers, and a member of EMSEP and the Black Student Union. His community service work includes involvement with area food drives and tutoring children in the public schools.

An independent technological university founded in 1865, WPI is renowned for its project-based educational program. WPI was ranked among the top 50 national universities in the 1997 edition of U.S. News and World Report's Best Colleges Guide and was ranked 35th among the top national institutions in the magazine's Best College Values report.