Look College honors outstanding seniors

Photo of Craig Brown Outstanding Seniors

The Dwight Look College of Engineering at Texas A&M University honored nine students with its Craig C. Brown Outstanding Senior Engineer Award during a banquet, Sept. 19 at the Memorial Student Center on the Texas A&M campus.

Seniors David Chaar, Sean Chang, Ali El-Halwagi, Kate Fiorenzi, Steven Fly, James Havlock, Sarah Powers, Andrew Sanchez and Harrison Smith received the annual award because of their academic achievement, character and leadership abilities.

David Chaar, a senior chemical engineering major, is a native of Syria and entered Texas A&M at the age of 16. David is the president of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers student chapter, a member of Phi Beta Kappa honor society and an active participant in Omega Chi Epsilon, the chemical engineering honor society. He has received a number of academic honors, has three years of research at two separate chemical engineering laboratories, published an undergraduate thesis and presented results at national conferences.

Sean Chang is a senior electrical engineering major. Sean has participated in a number of leadership activities such as the Qatar Leadership Exchange and the IEEE Leadership Summit. He has held leadership positions on the Texas A&M University Triathlon Team, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the Student Engineers’ Council. He has completed internships with Raytheon Company and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas and he is also a member of an undergraduate research group.

Ali El-Halwagi is a senior chemical engineering major. He was elected president of the Cultural Leadership Understanding Exploration for Sophomores and has volunteered his time to numerous community service groups and activities. He has had three peer reviewed papers published, participated in undergraduate research and has been recognized for his academic performance.  

Kate Fiorenzi is a senior mechanical engineering major. She is the president of the Student Engineers’ Council, career fair co-chair and a previous peer teacher. She has also earned a variety of academic achievement awards. During Fall 2013, she plans to play an integral role in helping to restructure the freshmen engineering industry and departmental presentations in the ENGR 111/112 courses. Kate has also completed the Business Management Certificate and interned at BHP Billiton Reservoir and Occidental Oil and Gas Drilling.

Steven Fly is a senior petroleum engineering major. Steven has received a variety of scholarly awards, is an active member in his church’s college ministry, was a team leader for MSC Hospitality and has participated in a mission trip and service and learning trip . He works with hippotheraphy organizations across the world to assist them in using his own original design to construct Stretching Barrels intended for disabled clients. Steven has interned with Hilcorp Energy Company, participated in Texas A&M’s Champe Fitzhung Summer Honors Leadership Invitational Program in Italy and worked as a crewman on a fishing boat in Alaska for two summers.

James Havlock is a senior chemical engineering major. He is the chief operating officer and the director of diversity for the Memorial Student Center, a member of the Maroon Coats and a member of the May’s Business School investment group, Mays Titans of Investing. Havlock has also participated in four different internships during the last four summers and volunteers his time to mentor children.

Sarah Powers is a senior mechanical engineering major. Sarah has earned scholarly honors, is the vice president of the Texas A&M water polo team, holds a leadership position in the Student Engineers’ Council as the career fair director (the largest student-run career fair in the nation) and has participated in undergraduate research on an AggiE-Challenge team. She also completed the Engineering Honors program certificate.

Andrew Sanchez is a senior chemical engineering major. He has been honored for his writing and acting and he works for the Callaloo Journal of African Diaspora Arts and Letters where he reviews art, fiction, poetry and scholarly articles. He studied in China, was an undergraduate summer research intern at Cornell University, interned at ExxonMobil Process Research and Bray International, Inc., completed the Business Management Certificate program and is currently part of a research group at Texas A&M.

Harrison Smith is a senior biomedical engineering major. He is involved in a variety of organizations and has received numerous academic awards. He plays the clarinet in Texas A&M’s wind symphony and holds leadership positions in the Student Engineers’ Council, Aggie Habitat for Humanity and Tau Beta Pi. He works at the Cardiovascular Pathology Laboratory where he assists with pre-clinical studies of actual devises seeking approval from the FDA and post-clinical studies. He has also volunteered his time with organizations such as Habitat for Humanity and Relay for Life.

The Craig C. Brown Outstanding Senior Engineer Award is the most prestigious honor bestowed on a graduating senior in the Look College. The award is based on outstanding scholastic achievement, leadership and character.

The award was first presented in 1947 as the Engineering Faculty Senior Award. In 1996, the award was renamed to recognize Craig C. Brown for his vision to expand and enhance the program through a permanent endowment. This year’s recipients received a $5,000 education grant and an award. Their names will be added to the program’s recognition plaque.

Brown is a 1975 civil engineering graduate and past recipient of the Engineering Faculty Senior Award. He also received a Master of Business Administration from Texas A&M and is the president, owner and chief operating officer of Bray International Inc.