SME Honors WPI Students

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WORCESTER, Mass. -- WPI students Michael Bruno of Bristol, N.H., Stuart Hudson of Putnam, Conn., and Allegra Treaster of Gahanna, Ohio, were honored by Chapter 25 of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers during the organization's annual Awards Night on Nov. 23. The honorees, selected by a faculty committee, are the top manufacturing engineering majors in their respective classes.

Christopher Brown, associate professor of mechanical engineering, was the evening's featured speaker. His topic was "International Challenges for American Manufacturing Engineering Education." Brown, who lives in Norwich, Vt., chairs SME's Machining Technology Association and founded WPI's Surface Metrology Laboratory.

Bruno, son of Hilda and Ronald Bruno of Bristol, N.H., is a junior majoring in manufacturing engineering. He is a president of Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity and a member of WPI's Leadership, Education and Practice Program (LEAP). Hudson is the son of Kathy and Edward Hudson of Putnam, Conn. He is a member of the Class of 1998 who will complete the requirements for two bachelor's degrees--in mechanical engineering and manufacturing engineering--in May 1999. He is vice president of the WPI chapter of Theta Chi fraternity. Treaster, daughter of Delia and Daniel Treaster of Gahanna, Ohio, is a senior majoring in manufacturing engineering. She is a member of several campus clubs including the Council of International Affairs and the Christian Bible Fellowship.

An independent technological university founded in 1865, WPI is renowned for its project-based educational program. Under the WPI Plan, students are provided with unique opportunities to integrate classroom studies with preprofessional projects conducted on campus and at off-campus locations around the world.

WPI was ranked among the top national universities in the 1999 edition of U.S. News & World Report's Best Colleges Guide and was ranked 18th among the top national institutions in the magazine's Best College Values report.