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Research Spotlight

Andrew Tsourkas

Andrew Tsourkas
Assistant Professor, Bioengineering

Diseases, such as cancer, are often diagnosed using imaging scans that harness technology like Magnetic Resonance (MR) imaging. Combining nanotechnology with recent discoveries in the molecular and chemical properties of cell growth in disease, Andrew Tsourkas is creating novel imaging agents that will detect disease at its very early stages. By harnessing technology to “tag” an altered molecular profile associated with diseased cells, new formulations of iron oxide- and gadolinium-based nanoparticles are attracted to a disease site and show up in scans at the time of early molecular changes in cells, rather than needing larger groups of diseased cells to form as we do today. This is a major advancement over current technologies, facilitating early detection and the increasingly effective treatment of diseases.

 

Student Awards

Annual awards are given to undergraduate and graduate students in the School of Engineering and Applied Science in recognition of outstanding scholarly achievements and service to the School and University community. Departments select each recipient and students are recognized at the Annual Awards Recognition Dinner held during the spring semester.
To see a list of recent recipients, click here.

Undergraduate Awards

Student Choice
C N. Weygandt Award (Student Choice Award)
The Cornelius N. Weygandt Award is presented annually to the student whose qualities and potential transcend academic performance alone, whose nature as a human being assures him or her a full and successful life, and whose performance as an undergraduate has earned the respect and admiration of his or her peers.
See recent recipients.
Faculty Appreciation Award
This special award is given by the faculty of the School of Engineering and Applied Science to recognize and honor outstanding students for their service to the University.

Hugo Otto Wolf Memorial Prize
The Hugo Otto Wolf Memorial Prize, founded by Otto C. Wolf in memory of his son, is awarded to that member of the senior class in each department of the School of Engineering and Applied Science who, during the senior year, by the thoroughness and originality of his or her work, meets with the greatest approval of the professors in charge.

See recent recipients.

Management and Technology Awards
Management and Technology Scholarship Award
The Management and Technology Scholarship Award is awarded by the SEAS faculty to that member of the senior class in the Management and Technology Program who has created an innovative system and attained high scholastic achievement.

Michele Huber and Brian D. Giles Memorial Award
The Michelle Huber and Brian D. Giles Memorial Award is presented annually on behalf of the Trustees Council of Penn Women to a graduating senior in the Management and Technology Program who best exemplifies the qualities of academic excellence, leadership, service, concern for humankind and love of the University.

Naren Udayagiri Scholarship Award
The Naren Udayagiri Scholarship Award is presented in memory of Professor Naren Udayagiri, a distinguished scholar, valued colleague and outstanding educator. It is awarded to a junior Management and Technology student who has achieved distinction scholastically and has demonstrated his or her commitment to excellence in both engineering and business.

See recent recipients.

Departmental Awards

Bioengineering
Albert Giandomenico Award
Awarded to the highest achieving laboratory group selected from the undergraduate laboratory courses taught in the bioengineering curriculum. Intended to reflect several traits that include teamwork, leadership, creativity and knowledge applied to discovery based learning in the laboratory.

Bioengineering Senior Design Award
The Bioengineering Senior Design Award, initiated by the Bioengineering Society at Pennsylvania, is given each year by the faculty of Bioengineering to the graduating senior who, in the conduct of his or her senior project, has best demonstrated originality and creativity in the application of engineering principles to the solution of a biomedical problem.

BMES Rita Schaffer Undergraduate Award
Awarded for outstanding service and leadership in the Biomedical Engineering Society Chapter at the University of Pennsylvania.

Herman P. Schwan Bioengineering Award
The Herman P. Schwan Award was established by the faculty of the Department of Bioengineering as an enduring tribute to their colleague and friend in honor and recognition of his outstanding achievements in Bioengineering and in commemoration of the receipt of his honorary Doctor of Science degree in 1986 from the University. This award is given each year to a graduating senior who, in the opinion of the faculty, has demonstrated the highest standards of scholarship and academic achievement.

See recent recipients.

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
American Chemical Society Award
The American Chemical Society Award, established by the Philadelphia Section of that Society, is given annually to a senior in chemistry and chemical engineering on the basis of scholastic excellence and demonstrated leadership in professional activities upon recommendation of the faculties concerned.

American Institute of Chemical Engineers - Delaware Valley Section Awards
The American Institute of Chemical Engineers Delaware Valley Section Awards are given to one rising sophomore, junior, and senior who has the best academic record, together with high promise in chemical engineering. The senior award also recognizes the student who is considered to be the best overall prospective chemical engineer.

American Institute of Chemists Medal Award
The Medal Award of the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Institute of Chemists Medal Award is given annually to the outstanding young individual in the graduating class in chemistry and chemical engineering upon recommendation of the faculty of those departments.

Melvin C. Molstad Prize in Chemical Engineering
The Melvin C. Molstad Prize in Chemical Engineering is awarded to that student or group of students of the senior class in chemical engineering with the most original design of a chemical process system.

Donald F. Othmer Sophomore Academic Excellence Award
The Donald F. Othmer Sophomore Academic Excellence Award is given annually to a student in chemical engineering who has the highest scholastic rating in courses taken during the freshman and sophomore years and is member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers Chapter.

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Computer and Information Science
Guy Labonte Memorial Award
The Center for Human Modeling and Simulation of the University of Pennsylvania has established a memorial to Guy Labonte to remember him and his achievements in the School of Engineering and Applied Science. The "Guy Labonte Memorial Award for a Computer Graphics Senior Project" will be made annually by the Center's faculty.

Dawn and Welton Becket Digital Media Design Achievement Award
The Dawn and Welton Becket Digital Media Design Award is presented to DMD Seniors who exemplify the ideals of the DMD program through outstanding achievement, citizenship, and mentoring.

See recent recipients.

Electrical and Systems Engineering
Honorable Harold Berger Award
The Honorable Harold Berger Award is given to a student in the Department of Electrical Engineering whose senior design project best combines conceptual/technical innovation with entrepreneurial possibility.

Richard K. Dentel Memorial Prize in Urban Transportation
This prize was established by Mrs. Martha Clark-Dentel in memory of her husband Richard K. Dentel, a former student in the Department of Civil Engineering. It is awarded annually to a student in the Department of Systems Engineering who has had the best overall performance at the University in the area of urban transportation.

Norman Gross Senior Project Award
The Norman Gross Senior Design Project Award in Systems Engineering has been created in honor and recognition of Norman Gross. The award is given annually by the faculty of the Department of Systems Engineering to the best senior design project that exemplifies Norman Gross's personal achievements and professional accomplishments.

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers' Student Award
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers' Student Award is given on the recommendation of the IEEE faculty advisor to that senior judged to have achieved excellent professional development, who has made major contributions to the IEEE Student Branch. The award is a one year membership.

Fred Ketterer Memorial Award
The Fred Ketterer Prize is awarded annually to that student in the Department of Electrical Engineering who demonstrates outstanding creativity in an Engineering Design.

Victor W. Ku Memorial Award
The Victor W. Ku Memorial Award is presented annually to one student in the Department of Systems, and one in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, who at the end of their junior year best exemplify the ideals of high scholarship, personal discipline, and service to others for which Victor W. K. Ku, BSE (ME) '70, MSE (ME) '71, is remembered.

General Motors Prize
The General Motors Prize is awarded annually to that student in the department of Electrical Engineering who demonstrates outstanding creativity in an Engineering Design Project.

Sidney Shore Award
The Sidney Shore Award is presented to the senior or first year graduate student who best exemplifies the social and interdisciplinary concerns and problem solving talents possessed by Professor Sidney Shore. This award is given in recognition of the student's desire, aptitude and outstanding ability to apply civil engineering principles to the solution of socially relevant issues.

Wolf Family Award in Systems Engineering
The Wolf Family Award in Systems Engineering is presented to the senior student in Systems Engineering who has demonstrated the best overall academic performance during his or her studies at the University.

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Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics
American Society of Mechanical Engineers Award
The American Society of Mechanical Engineers Award is given annually to a student in mechanical engineering and applied mechanics in recognition of his or her outstanding efforts and accomplishments on behalf of the ASME Student Chapter of the University of Pennsylvania.

Francis G. Tatnall Prize
The Francis G. Tatnall Prize is awarded to the senior whose senior design project is judged to be the most outstanding and which reflects the qualities of ingenuity, technical proficiency, and usefulness which characterized the work of the distinguished alumnus for whom the prize is named.

William K. Gemill Memorial Award
The William K. Gemmill Memorial Award is awarded annually to that student in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics who demonstrates outstanding creativity in an Engineering Design Project.

Judges Choice Award
The Judges Choice Award is presented annually to the senior whose senior design project is chosen for its excellence, based on the discretion of the judges.

Ralph Teetor Award
The Ralph Teetor Award was established by the Department ofMechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics in memory of its distinguished alumnus, Ralph R. Teetor, Class of 1912. It is awarded annually to that senior who in the opinion of the department's faculty has demonstrated the qualities of ingenuity, creativity, scholarship, and service.

Victor W. K. Ku Memorial Award
The Victor W. K. Ku Memorial Award is presented annually to one student of systems engineering and one student of mechanical engineering, who at the end of their junior year best exemplify the ideals of high scholarship, personal discipline, and service to others for which Victor W. K. Ku, BSE (ME) í70, MSE (ME) í71, is remembered.

See recent recipients.

Materials Science and Engineering
R. M. Brick Award
The R. M. Brick Award is named for the first chairman of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and is awarded to the graduating senior who has demonstrated through a combination of academic performance, effort, and personal qualities that he or she will be a credit to the Department, the School, and the University.

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Awards From University Sources

From the Moore School
John Grist Brainerd Award
The John Grist Brainerd Award is given annually to that member of the senior class in the Moore School, who, in the judgment of the staff of the Moore School, on the basis of his or her entire undergraduate performance, exemplifies the character, scholarship, professional attitude and broad interests required of the modern engineer.

Stuart Eichert, Jr. Memorial Prize
The E. Stuart Eichert, Jr. Memorial Prize, established by Technitrol, Incorporated, in memory of Mr. Eichert, a company co-founder and distinguished alumnus of the Moore School's Class of 1942, is awarded each year to students at the end of their junior year in the Moore School who, in the judgment of the School's faculty, best demonstrate initiative, intellectual attainment, and commitment to the professional practice of engineering.

Atwater Kent Prize in Electrical Engineering
The A. Atwater Kent Prize in Electrical Engineering is awarded each year to that member of the senior class in the Moore School who, during his or her junior and senior year has, in the opinion of the faculty of the Moore School, shown the greatest progress in judgement and in the general grasp of the broad principles of electrical engineering, greatest development in personality and greatest promise of success in this field.

Walter Korn Award
The Walter Korn Award was established by the Korn family as an enduring tribute to their father, husband and friend. It is awarded annually to an outstanding senior in the Moore School who will be continuing on at the Moore School for a graduate degree. Selection of the recipient is made by the Moore School chairs and faculty, in conjunction with the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education.

Moore School Council Cwikla Award
The Cwikla Award is awarded annually to that senior who, in the opinion of the faculty of the Moore School, has demonstrated the greatest overall improvement in scholastic attainment and character development since matriculation as a freshman.

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From Advancing Women in Engineering
Jaros Baum and Bolles Award
The Jaros Baum and Bolles Award was established in 2008 by Letetia Tedori Callinan (MEAM í83) and is awarded to a Penn Engineering student who has demonstrated a commitment to advancing women in engineering (e.g. through mentoring or as a role model).

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From the Undergraduate Affairs Committee
Manfred Altman Memorial Award
The Manfred Altman Memorial Award, founded in recognition of the outstanding qualities possessed by Professor Manfred Altman, is given annually to the freshman or sophomore in engineering who has best demonstrated initiative, innovation, and ingenuity in his or her studies.

Ben and Bertha Gomberg Kirsch Prize (Applied Science Prize)
The Applied Science Prize is awarded by the faculty to that member of senior class in the Applied Science Program who, in applying the flexibility of the program, has created a personal academic experience involving the most creative use of the resources of the University. Scholastic achievement, originality, innovation, and intellectual maturity are important considerations in selecting the recipient.

Engineering Alumni Society E. Stuart Eichert, Jr. Award
The Engineering Alumni Society E. Stuart Eichert, Jr. Student Award is given annually by the Engineering Alumni Society to that student in School of Engineering and Applied Science who, during his or her junior year, best exemplifies the characteristics of selfless service to the University and the Community.

Engineers' Club of Philadelphia Young Engineer Award
The Engineers Club of Philadelphia Young Engineer Award is given to a graduating senior in the School of Engineering and Applied Science based on his or her leadership, scholarship, personality and technical society activity while at the University.

Albert P. Godsho Engineering Prize
The Albert P. Godsho Engineering Prize is awarded to the graduating senior in the School of Engineering and Applied Science who has been selected by the faculty as having displayed the best grasp of the mathematical principles underlying the profession of engineering.

Wolf-Hallac Award
The Wolf-Hallac Award was established in October 2000 and goes to a graduating female senior from Penn Engineering who is seen as a role model, has achieved excellence academically and who has demonstrated a commitment to school and/or community.

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Awards for Graduate Students

For Graduate Students
Richard K. Dentel Memorial Prize in Urban Transportation
This prize was established by Mrs. Martha Clark-Dentel in memory of her husband, Richard K. Dentel, a former student in the Department of Civil Engineering. It is awarded annually to a student in the Department of Systems Engineering who has had the best overall performance at the University in the area of urban transportation.

The John A. Goff Prize
This prize was established in honor of Dr. John A. Goff, former Dean of the Towne School and Asa Whitney, Professor. It is awarded annually to a graduate student in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics who has been selected by the faculty on the basis of criteria of scholarship, resourcefulness, and leadership.

Solomon R. Pollack Award for Excellence in Graduate Bioengineering Research (Est. 1993)
In recognition of Solomon R. Pollack's professional and personal contributions to bioengineering research and to his graduate students, this award is given annually to the most deserving bioengineering graduate student who has successfully completed research that is original and recognized as being at the forefront of its field.

The Morris and Dorothy Rubinoff Award
This award is presented by the School of Engineering and Applied Science to a graduate degree candidate whose dissertation has resulted in or could lead to innovative applications of computer technology.

The S. J. Stein Prize (formerly The Electro-Science Laboratories Prize)
The S. J. Stein Prize is awarded to a Ph.D. or M.S.E. degree recipient for superior achievement in the field of new or unique materials or applications for materials in electronics. This prize acknowledges that achievement and encourages continued interest in this important field. This award is made possible by a generous donation from the S. J. Stein family.

Graduate Research Symposium Best Graduate Student Presentation
The "Best Graduate Student Presentation" awards at the Penn Engineering Graduate Research Symposium (GRS) are selected by a panel of experts from industry. The best graduate students selected by the GRS program committee are given the opportunity to present at the GRS. One award is presented for each of the three technology tracks: Computer and Information Science and Engineering, Biologically based Science and Engineering, and Physically based Science and Engineering. each year. The best presentation is selected based on the quality of the presentation and the creativity of the research.

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Other Awards

Scholarships
Delaware Valley Engineers' Week Council: Undergraduate Engineering Scholarship
The Engineers Week Council Scholarships offers scholarships to engineering undergraduates in the Delaware Valley.

Tau Beta Pi Scholarship
The Tau Beta Pi Association Scholarship Program was established in 1998 with five awards named in honor of former Secretary-Treasurer Emeritus R.H. Nagel. Awards are made to Scholars for their senior year of full-time engineering study.

Barry M. Goldwater Prize
The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship Program was created to encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering and to foster excellence in those fields.

George C. Macfarland Scholarship
The Foundation of the St. Andrew's Society was established in 1958 as a non-profit corporation to promote understanding between the United States and Scotland by awarding scholarships to carefully selected men under 35 years of age to attend institutions of higher learning in Scotland.

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Fellowships
Tau Beta Pi Fellowship
The Fellowship Program is Tau Beta Piís single most important project for the advancement of engineering education and the profession. Tau Beta Pi fellows are free to do graduate work in any field which will enable them to contribute to the engineering profession.

National Science Foundation Fellowship
The National Science Foundation Fellowship provides three years of support for graduate study leading to research-based masterís or doctoral degrees in science, mathematics and engineering supported by the NSF and are intended for students in the early stages of their graduate study.

Whitaker Foundation Grant
Established by the Whitaker Foundation and the Institute of International Education, the Whitaker International Fellows and Scholars Program for overseas biomedical engineering study and research works to develop professional leaders who are not only superb engineers and scientists, but who will lead and serve the profession with an international outlook.

Thouron Fellowship
The Thouron Scholarship was founded by Sir John and Esther Thouron to promote understanding and friendship between the people of the United Kingdom and those of the United States of America.

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Other Awards
Delaware Valley Engineers Week Council Student Paper Contest
The Delaware Valley Engineers Week Council Student Paper Contest recognizes outstanding technical and/or engineering related papers written by an engineering undergraduate

Penn Student Agencies and James Howard Weiss Memorial Awards
The Penn Student Agencies and James Howard Weiss Memorial Awards are given to graduating seniors in recognition of outstanding academic achievement and significant leadership in campus activities. The minimum grade point average requirement for this award is 3.70.

William L. Everitt Student Award of Excellence
The International Engineering Consortium's William L. Everitt Student Award of Excellence honors outstanding seniors who have demonstrated an interest in the communications field.

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