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On May 10, the first Charles "Harrison" Smith III Memorial Award was given toTerence Emmert, a graduate student in civil and environmental engineering and a member of the Leaders for Manufacturing (LFM) Class of 2001. The $1,000 scholarship was established in memory of Mr. Smith (SM 1999 in LFM), who was killed in a car accident last June shortly after graduation while en route to his new job at Dell Computer Corp. in Austin, TX.
The award (a $1,000 scholarship) was conceived by a group of Mr. Smith's classmates. "As a peer award, it gives the class the opportunity to recognize the efforts of those classmates that have really improved the LFM experience both within and outside of the program," said Rob Mosher, a fellow 1999 LFM alumnus and friend at a presentation ceremony attended by Mr. Smith's widow Samantha, his parents and sister, other relatives and friends, as well as people from LFM.
Mr. Emmert, a US Navy officer for 11 years, served as LFM plant tour committee chairman and will do his LFM internship at Intel in Arizona.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on May 31, 2000.