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1999-2000

Students Earn 2000 Special Academic Award at WPI

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE/May 26, 2000
Contact: Arlie Corday, WPI Media & Community Relations

WORCESTER, Mass. - Worcester Polytechnic Institute has awarded the following special academic awards to recognize outstanding students at the end of the 1999-2000 school year:

  • The James F. Danielli Award was given to Timothy Iskra, a graduate student majoring in biochemistry and the son of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Iskra of Griffin, Ga.; and to Louis Stock of Worcester, assistant director of WPI's Bioprocess Lab. The award recognizes outstanding accomplishment in biology and biotechnology research.
  • The Alfred R. and Janet H. Potvin Award was given to Mark B. Savage of Louisville, Colo., a graduate student majoring in biomedical engineering; to Christopher G. Wilson, a senior biomedical engineering major and the son of Mr. and Mrs. George Wilson of Nashua, N.H., and to Anthony W. Roccisano, a senior biomedical engineering major and the son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Roccisano of Woodstock, Conn. The award goes to outstanding graduate and undergraduate students in biomedical engineering.
  • The American Institute of Chemical Engineers Award, Boston Section, Outstanding Student Award was given to Joseph D. Lussier, a senior chemical engineering major and the son of Janice L. Lussier of North Providence, R.I.
  • The American Institute of Chemists Award was given to Thomas C. Scherpa, a graduate student majoring in fire protection engineering and the son of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Scherpa of Agawam, Mass. It is given by the New England chapter of the American Institute of Chemists.
  • The American Chemical Society Undergraduate Award in Analytical Chemistry was given to Karen Hoffman, a junior chemistry major and the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lee A. Hoffman of Vernon, Conn.
  • The American Institute of Chemists Award was given to Richard Benetti, a senior chemistry major and the son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Benetti of Lakeville, Mass., and to Sonja Farak, a senior biochemistry major and the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley M. Farak of Portsmouth, R.I. It is given by the New England chapter of the American Institute of Chemists.
  • The General Chemistry Achievement Award was given to Jeffrey Savard, a freshman chemistry major and the son of Mr. and Mrs. Gerard D. Savard of Salem, N.H. This award is given to a student who has completed the freshman chemistry course with superior academic performance.
  • The Andrew Holt Memorial Award was given to Jill M. Hubbard, a senior civil engineering major and the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Hubbard of Ballston Lake, N.Y. This award is presented to one or more civil engineering seniors who have consistently earned academic honors and who show excellence promise for success.
  • The Carl F. Meyer Improvement Award in Civil Engineering was given to David Barroso, a senior civil engineering major and the son of Mr. and Mrs. Teofilo Barroso of b The award is presented to one or more civil engineering seniors who have demonstrated the most improvement in academic and professional attitude.
  • The Computer Science Outstanding Senior Award was given to Benjamin M. Clark, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Warren L. Clark of Billerica, Mass.; to Charles R. Homic, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Homic of Ballston Spa, N.Y.; and to Christine J. Lawrence, the daughter of Joyce Mina of Minot, Mass. This award is presented 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.
  • The Computer Science Outstanding Junior Award was given to Paul W. Calnan, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul W. Calnan Jr. of Norfolk, Mass. This award is presented to one or more computer science juniors who have excellent academic records and who show promise for continuing success.
  • The Dr. Neil G. Sullivan '83 Memorial Award was given to Frederick J. Tan, a junior biotechnology major and the son of Drs. Jose Manuel and Fely Tan of Trumbull, Conn. This award is given to a junior in recognition of demonstrated ability and promise.
  • The Eta Kappa Nu Outstanding Electrical Engineering Teaching Assistant Award was given to graduate student Frank Gurkaynak of Istanbul, Turkey.
  • The Eta Kappa Nu Outstanding Electrical Engineering Student Award was given to Jeffrey J. Mackin, a senior and the son of Mr. and Mrs. John J. Mackin of Lafayette, Colo.
  • The Percy Bugbee Scholarship in Fire Protection Engineering was given to graduate student Robert C. Till of Marlboro, Mass., for his research project "Building Analysis for Fire Department Suppression."
  • The Hughes Associates Research Fellowship in Fire Protection Engineering was given to graduate student Keum-Ran Choi of Worcester, Mass., for his research project "Methodology for Creating Heat Flux Maps from a Room/Corner Test Burner Utilizing an Infrared Camera."
  • The Steven J. Kahn Award was given to Jeffrey F. Haynes, a senior electrical engineering major and the son of Mr. and Mrs. William P. Haynes of Bedford, Mass., and to Timothy P. Thies, a graduate student majoring in civil engineering and the son of Ann Thies of Brattleboro, Vt. The award is presented to one or more students in the WPI Glee Club in recognition of contributions, commitment and unwavering loyalty to the organization.
  • The Senior Mathematical Sciences Award was given to Jin Tao Lin, a senior mathematical sciences major and the son of Mr. and Mrs. Cheng Lin of Randolph, Mass. The award is presented to one or more senior math majors who have shown outstanding performance and who have made valuable contributions to the WPI mathematical community.
  • The CIMS Award was given to three senior actuarial mathematics majors: Jovanna Baptista, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Baptista of Stoughton, Mass.; Larissa Gilbreath, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Gilbreath of Spencer, Mass.; and Robert Jaeger, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Jaeger of Bethpage, N.Y., for their research project, "Pricing a Waiver of Premium Upon Disability." The award is presented to a Major Qualifying Project team whose work demonstrates excellence in mathematics or statistics as well as exceptional work in meeting the special challenges of an industrial mathematics project.
  • The Richard V. Olson Award was given to Yakov Kronrod, a sophomore computer science major and son of Mr. and Mrs. Vladimir Kronrod of Malvern, Pa. The award recognizes outstanding performance in basic mathematics courses.
  • The Society of Manufacturing Engineers Senior Scholars Award was given to Michael H. Bruno, a senior manufacturing engineering major and the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Bruno of Bristol, N.H. The award recognizes excellence in scholarship, leadership, service and potential to contribute to the profession of manufacturing engineering.
  • The Society of Manufacturing Engineers Undergraduate Scholarship Award and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers Outstanding Student Award was given to Rebecca K. Dowd, a sophomore mechanical engineering major and the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Philip Dowd of Chardon, Ohio. The undergraduate award is given to students who have demonstrated excellence in scholarship, commitment and contribution to the Manufacturing Engineering Program. In addition to Dowd, the Outstanding Student Award was also given to Eugene B. Campbell, a junior manufacturing engineering major and the son of Mr. and Mrs. Neal R. Campbell of Bethel, Vt.; and to Serif A. Serefli, a senior manufacturing engineering major and the son of Mr. and Mrs. Selcuk Serefli of Istanbul, Turkey, and Hartford, Conn.
  • The Allan Glazer Award was given to Keith G. Lepine, a junior mechanical engineering major and the son of Mr. and Mrs. Racine G. Lepine of Nashua, N.H. The 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.
  • The Edward C. Perry Award was given to Kenneth D. Belliveau, a graduate student in mechanical engineering and the son of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Belliveau of Mendon, Mass.; and to Melissa L. Carreau, a senior biomedical engineering major and the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Carreau Jr. of Fairhaven, Mass., for their research project, "Design and Fabrication of a Retractable Wheelchair Foot Tray." The award is given annually to one or more engineering students for an outstanding project in the area of mechanical design.
  • The Worcester chapter of the American Society for Metals Chester M. Inman '14 Outstanding Student Award was given to Diana Lados of Carbondale, Ill., a graduate student in mechanical engineering. The award is given to an outstanding student in materials science and engineering.
  • The Robert H. Goddard Award was given to Matthew L. Hirsch, a senior physics major and the son of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Hirsch of Acton, Mass. Endowed by the class of 1908 and 1909 in memory of WPI alumnus Robert H. Goddard '08, pioneer of American rocketry, the award recognizes outstanding achievement, scholarship, consistent effort and dedication of purpose in both theoretical and experimental areas of physics.
  • The Lawton/Plimpton Award was given to Karen J. Hirst a senior physics major and the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul K. Hirst of Sterling, Mass. The award recognizes steady and substantial improvement in physics scholarship, as evidenced by scholastic record and attained depth of understanding.

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.