Petroleum engineering recognizes outstanding graduates

Several graduating students were recognized during the Pe­troleum Engineering Awards Ceremony held in the Richard­son Building May 11.

The cum laude graduates (grade average 3.50-3.699) were Dmitry Andreev, Crystal Baker, Marco Barbato, Kimberley Berkebile, James Bland, Kendall Brown, Cole Chavey, Guillaume Dulac, Ryan Durban, James Fletcher, Kaelie Foudeh, Mohamad Jais, Leonard Lasecki, Nabeel Masood, Kaitlyn McGinnis, Jacqueline New, Joel Ompen­doguelet, Kevin Patton, Parker Pavia, Wade Rodgers, Ian Smith, Ryan Stawaisz, Cory Swanson, Paiten Tinar, Joshua Voelkel, Stephen Walker and Drew Wellsfry.

The magna cum laude graduates (grade average 3.700-3.899) were Omar Aldajani, Atallah Alharbi, Patrick Ar­mes, Zachary Hutchison, Jose Martinez, Taylor McCrory, Jared McCorkle and Amy Zou.

The summa cum laude graduates (grade average 3.900-4.00) were Garrick Brugeyroux, Michelle Klavan, Kevin Lam­mers and Audrey Thompson.

The Faculty Awards of Excellence, established by petroleum engineering faculty to recognize scholarship among the department's graduates, went to un­dergraduate student Kevin Lammers, master's student Ernesto Valbuena Olivares and doctoral student Eric Bhark.

The Albert B. Stevens Memorial Award, established by George McGehee to help deserving students with financial need to make the transition from student to practicing engineer, went to Cole Chavey.

The Harold Vance Award, given to the student who showed the most improvement in their academic grades and
extracurricular activities, went to Taylor McCrory.

The Robert L. Whiting Award, given to the most outstanding senior petroleum engineering graduate as selected by fellow students and fac­ulty, went to Garrick Brugeyroux.

The Petroleum Engineering Department Award for Excellence in Teaching, given to professors who maintain high expecta­tions of their students and ensure academic rigor in their un­dergraduate classes, went to Dr. Mike King.

In all 140 bachelor's, 26 master's, and five Ph.D. students graduated with degrees in petroleum engineering this spring.