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Five College of Engineering Students Win Important UMass Alumni Association Honors

Ashley Kaiser

Ashley Kaiser

Talk about a grand slam! Five College of Engineering Undergraduates from all four engineering departments have won key awards and scholarships from the UMass Amherst Alumni Association. See complete list

Senior Jeremiah Davis of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department won a Senior Leadership Award, which recognizes graduating seniors who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and service to the UMass Amherst community. Award recipients have distinguished themselves through important contributions to student organizations, campus jobs, academic excellence, and community service. Davis won this award for his huge part in organizing and fundraising for HackUMass III, held last October.

As ECE head Christopher Hollot wrote, “For 36 hours during the weekend of October 23-25, 2015, the UMass campus hosted almost 400 students from 47 colleges and universities and eight high schools from the Northeast at HackUMass III, an embedded system and software hackathon. Students from primarily ECE and Computer Science organized and hosted the event, with ECE seniors J.C. Davis and Frankie Viscusi co-leading. J.C. and Frankie did a tremendous job, raising over $50,000 of support from industrial sponsors and handling all the soup-to-nuts to make this event a success.

Four College of Engineering students won William F. Field Alumni Scholar Awards, which were established in 1976 to recognize and honor third-year students for their academic achievements at UMass Amherst. The program was named in honor of William F. Field, the university’s first Dean of Students, for his outstanding support of academic excellence and his personal commitment to bringing out the best in every student.

The College of Engineering winners were juniors Timothy Adams of ECE, Lauren Gonynor of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, Ashley Kaiser of the Chemical Engineering Department, and Rune Percy of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department. Adams, Kaiser, and Percy are also in the Commonwealth Honors College, and Kaiser was recently profiled on the College of Engineering website: ChE Undergrad Is Master of All Trades and Jack of None. (March 2016)