Outstanding graduate students recognized

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From left to right, Andres Mejia, Mary Beth Browning, Dr. M. Katherine Banks, vice chancellor and dean of engineering, and Nick Brennan


Three graduate students were honored with the inaugural Dwight Look College of Engineering Outstanding Engineering Graduate Student Award at a banquet Oct. 11 at Miramont Country Club in Bryan.

Established in 2012, this award recognizes master’s and Ph.D. students who have demonstrated excellence above and beyond usual levels of achievement. Awardees must be in good academic standing with a minimum cumulative and degree plan GPA of at least 3.75.


Nick Brennan, a Master of Science candidate in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is studying thermally regulated and ballistic-hardened reconfigurable antenna modules in the Electromagnetics and Microwave Laboratory. He manages the Innovation Laboratory and works with fellow graduate students, undergraduate researchers and capstone senior design groups. In addition to his scholarly and service activities, he completed a summer internship at Los Alamos National Laboratory working on high-power tube amplifiers.

Photo of Mary Beth Browning

Mary Beth Browning, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, is a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. She is creating a synthetic, small-diameter vascular graft for bypass and peripheral arterial replacement surgeries. She is the first author of three published papers, contributed to several more and co-written a book chapter in the Handbook of Biomedical Technology. She’s active in STEM outreach and served as vice president of the Society for Biomaterials student chapter.

Photo of Andres Mejia

 Andres F. Mejia, a Ph.D. candidate in the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering, holds a 3.9 GPA and studies complex fluids and physics, material science and process safety. He has four first-author publications in highly respected scientific journals and will have contributed to a total of 15 published papers by his graduation in August 2013. Among his many awards are the ConocoPhillips Graduate Fellowship and the SPE/Dale Walker Memorial Scholarship.