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1998-1999

WPI Students Receive End-of-Year Prizes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE/June 16, 1999
Contact: WPI Media Relations, 508-831-5616

WORCESTER, Mass. - Worcester Polytechnic Institute has awarded prizes to the following students at the end of the 1998-99 academic year:

  • Sharad Y. Bhojnagarwala, a sophomore at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, has received the 1999 Richard V. Olson Award. Established to honor the memory of WPI Professor Olson, the award is presented to a sophomore to recognize outstanding performances in basic mathematics courses. Bhojnagarwala is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Yogesh Bhojnagarwala of Ahmedabed, India.

  • Charles S. Buer of Shrewsbury, Mass., has received the 1999 James F. Danielli Award in Biology and Biotechnology from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Buer, who was awarded his Ph.D. degree in December, is the son of Francis Buer of Camby, Minn. The Danielli Award, named for James F. Danielli, former head of the WPI Department of Biology and Biotechnology, is given each year in recognition of outstanding accomplishment in research. Research excellence was the hallmark of Danielli, who proposed a model for the cellular membrane that has stood the test of time, with modifications, for half a century.

  • Natalia V. Carvajal, a senior at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, has received the 1999 Management Excellence Award. The award is presented annually to one or more seniors who have demonstrated ability in courses and projects and who exhibit outstanding promise of future success in the field of management engineering. This year Carvajal, the daughter of Mario Alonso Carvajal of Cali, Colombia, is the sole recipient of the award.

  • Mervyn P. Chung Fat, a senior at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, has received the 1999 Institute of Industrial Engineers Award. The award is presented annually to one or more management majors who, in addition to maintaining outstanding academic records, have also made significant contributions to the IIE and the Student Management Society. This year, Chung Fat, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Michel L. Chung Fat of Port Louis, Mauritius, is the sole recipient of the award. He has majored in industrial engineering.

  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute senior Eric R. Clinton of Manchester, N.H., has received the 1999 Lawton/Plimpton Award. Established in honor of Willard Elliot Lawton and Samuel James Plimpton, distinguished former members of the WPI Department of Physics, this award is made in recognition of steady and substantial improvement in physics scholarship, as evidenced by scholastic record and attained depth of understanding. A physics major, Clinton is the son of Mr. and Mrs. George Clinton.

  • Lee A. Core, a graduate student and the son of Martha Core of Dracut, Mass., has received the 1999 Alfred R. and Janet H. Potvin Award in Biomedical Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. The award is given to the outstanding graduate student in biomedical engineering.

  • Justin Cozzens, a senior and the son of Mr. and Mrs. David Cozzens of Huntington, Vt., has received the Computer Science Outstanding Senior Award at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. The award is given to one or more computer science seniors who have an outstanding academic record and who have contributed to the enrichment and professional development of fellow students. Cozzens is the only WPI senior to receive the award this year.

  • Gabriel M. Flores, a senior at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, has received the 1999 Steven J. Kahn Award, presented to the outstanding senior in the WPI Glee Club in recognition of contributions, commitment and unwavering loyalty to the organization. Flores, an electrical engineering major, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Rothenbach of Kendalia, Texas.

  • Peter M. Golaszewski, a junior and the son of Elizabeth Golaszewski of Franklin, Mass., has received the 1999 Dr. Neil G. Sullivan '83 Memorial Award at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. The award was established in 1991 by members of the Sullivan family in memory of their son and brother, who was killed in an automobile accident that year. It is awarded annually to a junior majoring in computer science in recognition of demonstrated ability and promise.

  • Jenica L. Jacobi, a freshman and the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jay Philip Jacobi of Albuquerque, N.M., has received the General Chemistry Achievement Award at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. The award is given to a student who had completed the freshman chemistry course with superior academic performance. Jacobi is majoring in biochemistry.

  • William W. Kennerly, a junior, has received the American Chemical Society Undergraduate Award in Analytical Chemistry. The award recognizes one or more chemistry juniors who display an aptitude for a career in the field. This year, Kennerly, a chemistry major and the son of Mr. and Mrs. Craig Kennerly of Norristown, Pa., is its sole recipient.

  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute seniors Grant G. Leeds of Medfield, Mass., and Christina M. Watson of Monroe, Conn., have received the Society of American Military Engineers Award. Watson, a civil engineering major and the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Watson of Monroe, Conn., has been a member of the Army ROTC. Leeds, an electrical engineering major and the son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Leeds of Medfield, Mass., has been a member of the Air Force ROTC.

  • Anna Matzal, a senior biotechnology major at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, has been awarded the 1999 Wilmer L. and Margaret M. Kranich Prize. This award was established in 1994 by Margaret Kranich to honor WPI students majoring in engineering or science who best exemplify excellence in the humanities and arts and the full integration of these disciplines into their undergraduate experience. Wilmer Kranich was dean of graduate studies at WPI, and Margaret Kranich taught a variety of courses at the University. Matzal is the daughter of Caroline Matzal of Blairstown, N.J.

  • Oluwafemi O. Badeji and Siddharth Gahlaut of Worcester, Mass., graduate students at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, have received the 1999 Eta Kappa Nu Outstanding Electrical Engineering Teaching Assistant Award. Badeji also is a resident of West Hartford, Conn. Gahlaut comes from Selangor, Malaysia.

  • Kane D. Sheldon of Arrosic, Maine, a senior at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, has received the 1999 Edward C. Perry Award. This award is given annually to one or more engineering students for an outstanding project in the area of mechanical design. Sheldon won the award for his project, "Strut Tower Bar Redesign." The award is made possible through a bequest from Miriam Perry Goll and honors the memory of her father, Edward C. Perry, a member of the WPI class of 1904 and a design engineer with General Electric Co. throughout his professional career. The son of Mr. and Mrs. David Sheldon, majored in mechanical engineering.

  • Matthew J. Streeter, a junior and the son of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Streeter of Littleton, Mass., has received the Computer Science Outstanding Junior Award at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. The award is given to one or more computer science juniors who have excellent academic records and who show promise for continuing success. Streeter is the only junior to receive the award this year.

  • Andrew S. Suryali, a sophomore at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, has received the 1999 Allan Glazer Award in Mechanical Engineering. Established in 1992 by the family and freidns of Allen Glazer '47, this award is given to a sophomore or junior majoring in mechanical engineering who has demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, special ingenuity in problem solving and enthusiasm for engineering challenges. Suryali is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Sutianto Suryali of Jakarta, Indonesia.

  • Robert C. Till of Marlboro, Mass., a graduate student at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, has received the 1999 Percy Bugbee Schloarship in Fire Protection Engineering. A graduate student in the Fire Protection Engineering Department, he received the award for research on "The Evaluation of Manual Extinguishment by Fire Departments."

WPI, founded in 1865, is renowned for its project-based curriculum. Under the WPI Plan, students integrate classroom studies with research projects conducted on campus and around the world.