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At an awards luncheon on May 11, the Department of Mechanical Engineering recognized 17 students for their accomplishments.
The Mechanical Engineering Service Award for dedicated service to the department went to Roger S. Cortesi, a graduate student from Washington, DC. Jason Lawrence, a senior from Manhasset, NY, and Fritz Pierre Jr., a senior from Nyack, NY, were awarded the Rheinhold Rudenberg Memorial Prize for outstanding undergraduate theses related to energy conservation.
Maribel Vazquez, a graduate student from Brooklyn, NY, was awarded the Meredith Kamm Memorial Prize for outstanding performance in the mechanical engineering graduate program. The Carl G. Sontheimer Prize for excellence in innovation and creativity in design was awarded to Eberhard Bamberg, a graduate student from Gaildorf, Germany.
The Padmaker P. Lele Student Award for outstanding and dedicated service as an undergraduate teaching assistant was awarded to Ahmed M. Elmouelhi, a junior from Granger, IN. Nicoli M. Ames, a senior from Olympia, WA, was awarded the Luis De Florez Award for outstanding ingenuity and creativity.
The AMP Inc. Award for outstanding performance in 2.008 (Design and Manufacturing II) went to Jonathan D. Rohrs, a junior from S. Deerfield, MA, and Klint A. Rose, a junior from Falcon, CO. The Whitelaw Prize for originality in design in 2.007 (Design and Manufacturing I) was awarded to Brian Chan, a sophomore from Millbrae, CA, and Ayr Muir-Harmony, a senior from Bernardston, MA.
Wunsch Foundation Silent Hoist and Crane Awards for outstanding performance in an undergraduate thesis or project related to materials handling were presented to the following seniors: Aimee B. Angel of Portland, OR; Sean M. Brennan of Livermore, CA; Sawyer B. Fuller of Los Osos, CA; Scott K. Hiroshige of Mililani, HI; Jennifer D. Navarro of Las Vegas, NV; and Theresa M. Power of Watertown, MA.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on May 31, 2000.