Danielle Antonellis, a senior at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), was recognized as one of the 15 most promising college engineering students in the United States – and the world – by the National Engineers Week Foundation and its partner, the American Society of Civil Engineers, through its first annual New Faces of Engineering - College Edition. The winners were recognized for academic excellence, leadership within student organizations, outstanding communication skills, non-engineering related community service and involvement in the engineering industry.
"Danielle is a great role model in our community and a wonderful ambassador for the CEE department and WPI," said Tahar El-Korchi, professor and head of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. "She is passionate about her engineering studies and career, and is destined to make a difference in her profession. This is a wonderful recognition of Danielle’s hard work and we are proud of her accomplishments."
Antonellis, of Duxbury, Mass., is a senior in WPI's five-year bachelor/masters degree program, majoring in Civil Engineering and Fire Protection Engineering. As president of WPI’s Habitat for Humanity chapter, she helped raise more than $11,000 to benefit the Lower 9th Ward in New Orleans. As part of this recognition, she will receive a $500 scholarship from ASCE. Upon her graduation from WPI, Antonellis is lined up to work for Tyco Fire Suppression and Building Products in Cranston, R.I.
Since 2003, National Engineers Week Foundation has honored young engineering professionals with its New Faces of Engineering award. This is the first year the popular initiative has expanded to recognize the best and brightest college engineering students. Winners include students from the University of Lagos and British University in Egypt.
About Engineers Week
The National Engineers Week Foundation, a formal coalition of more than 100 professional societies, major corporations and government agencies, is dedicated to ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce by increasing understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers among young students and by promoting pre-college literacy in math and science. Engineers Week also raises public understanding and appreciation of engineers' contributions to society. Founded in 1951, it is among the oldest of America's professional outreach efforts. Co-chairs for 2012 are Battelle and ASME.