Chemical engineering junior honored with Texas A&M Class Star Award

Photo of Ali El-HalwagiAli El-Halwagi, an undergraduate student in the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M University, has been named recipient of the Texas A&M Class Star Award.

The university-level honor, which is sponsored by Texas A&M Class Councils, is annually bestowed upon outstanding students from each class year in the categories of academics, athletics, leadership, service and sprit. El-Halwagi, a member of the Class of 2013, is the university’s lone junior representative for the category of academics.

He is scheduled to be formally recognized at the university’s Class Star Banquet in April where he will receive the award, which is based on nominations from peers and advisers. El-Halwagi was nominated for the honor by his undergraduate research adviser, Assistant Professor Carl D. Laird.

“Ali displays exceptional academic and critical thinking skills, as evidenced by his straight 4.0 GPA in a difficult engineering program,” Laird wrote in El-Halwagi’s nomination letter.

“What’s more, he repeatedly asks questions in and out of class that show a deep understanding of academic material and a genuine interest to learn more,” Laird added. “Recognizing Ali’s abilities and motivation, I asked Ali to perform undergraduate research in my lab. In this research his academic qualities shine.”

Ali, who is from College Station, plans on pursuing his doctoral degree after graduating from Texas A&M.

“I hope to use my passion for chemical engineering and the tools and knowledge I am learning here at A&M to create new ideas, concepts and applications that can make a difference to society, industry and the environment,” Ali said.

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