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WORCESTER, Mass. - Nina Katherine Simon who is completing a major in electrical and computer engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), has received the university's Two Towers Prize, given to a student who, through general academic competence, campus leadership, regular course work and special work in research and projects, best exemplifies a combined proficiency in theory and practice, the heart of the WPI educational tradition. A junior, she is the daughter of Ms. Sarina Simon of Los Angeles, California, and Mr. Scott Simon of Studio City, California.

Fifteen members of the WPI's Class of 2002 have received the Salisbury Prize, given to WPI's most meritorious seniors. Those honored are:

  • Jason G. Brown, an electrical and computer engineering major, and the son of Mr. and Mrs. Victor Brown of Westerly, Rhode Island.
  • Meredith Leigh Campbell, a civil and environmental engineering major and the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Archibald Campbell of South Hamilton, Massachusetts.
  • William Lucas Churchill, a mechanical engineering major and the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Churchill of New Gloucester, Maine.
  • Elizabeth Ann Donovan, a mathematical science major, and the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Donovan, Jr. of Pocasset, Massachusetts.
  • Matthew James Douglas, an electrical and computer engineering major, and the son of Mr. and Mrs. James H. Douglas of Middlebury, Vermont.
  • Jason Michael Field, biology and biotechnology major and the son of Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Field of Manchester, New Hampshire.
  • Evan Andrew Gilman, a mechanical engineering major, and the son of Mr. and Mrs. Dale Nathan Gilman of Raymond, Maine.
  • Kevin Michael Hawkins, a biomedical engineering major, and the son of Mr. and Mrs. James Hawkins of Winter Springs, Florida.
  • Lewis Thomas Kotredes, a physics major and the son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Kotredes of Bangor, Maine.
  • Yakov Kronrod, a computer science major, and the son of Mr. and Mrs. Vladimir Kronrod of Malvern, Pennsylvania.
  • Rocco William Moretti, a chemistry and biochemistry major, and the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jay Moretti of Cross Plains, New York.
  • Lauren Elizabeth Wojtkun, a humanities and arts major, and the daughter of Ms. Catherine Wojtkun of Sarasota, Florida.
  • Rachel E. Zimet, a chemical engineering major, and the daughter of Ms. Elynn K. Zimet of Trumansburg, New York.

Frances Maria Saccoccio has been awarded the 2001 Kranich Prize, which honors students majoring in engineering or science who best exemplify excellence in the humanities and arts and the integration of these disciplines. Saccoccio is a biology and biotechnology major, and the daughter of Ms. Joanna Jean Sulsenti of Lake Ronkonkoma, New York.

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This innovative and unique combination of educational methods, learning environment and a worldwide network of project centers is located in Worcester, Massachusetts, WPI supports the academic and research pursuits of over 2,800 undergraduate students, 1,200 graduate students and 220 faculty pursuing opportunities to blend technological research and practice with societal needs,delivering meaningful real-world benefits.

For over a century, WPI has awarded advanced degrees in the sciences and engineering disciplines, as well as the management of technology and business. Our alumni include Robert Goddard, the father of modern rocketry; Harold Black, inventor of the principle of negative-feedback; Carl Clark, inventor of the first practical airbag safety system; Dean Kamen, inventor of the first wearable drug infusion pump; and many others who contribute to the transformation of our technological world.