Wednesday, April 27, 2016


Engineering Professional Development hosted its 2nd Annual Awards Banquet Thursday, April 21. The night included updates from engineering student organizations, a featured speaker, dinner, and awards ceremony.

The banquet is held as an annual celebration honoring College of Engineering student organizations and advisors, community partners and students for outstanding leadership and service. What started as an idea to celebrate and recognize the outstanding accomplishments of our student organizations gradually evolved into a celebration of all of the accomplishments related to professional development. Group, individual and industry awards were given out in various categories. The purpose of the banquet is to foster a strong sense of pride in the college, recognize the accomplishments of students and student groups, and encourage students to seek out experiences that make them great engineers and leaders.

The 2016 award winners are:

Student Organization Awards

  • Outstanding Established Student Organization – Society of Automotive Engineers
  • Outstanding Student Organization for Service – Continental Crossings
  • Outstanding Student Organization Collaboration – Society of Women Engineers
  • Most Improved Student Organization – University of Iowa Robotics Club

Individual Awards:

  • Outstanding Student Leader – Sailahari Ponnaluri, BME; SWE & Theta Tau
  • Most Promising New Member – Mitchell Evens, ME; SAE
  • Unsung Hero – Brendan Durkin, CEE; ASCE
  • Outstanding Research Assistant – Emma Hawk, ECE
  • Outstanding Student Employee – Amanda Smith, BME; SDC
  • Outstanding Intern/Co-op – Ally Swartz, BME; CIVCO Medical Solutions
  • Outstanding Student Organization Advisor – Kelli Delfosse, SDC; Theta Tau
  • Outstanding Research Faculty Mentor – Thomas Casavant, ECE
  • Engineering and Something More – Bailey Hadnott, CEE

Community Awards:

  • Outstanding Company Sponsor/Community Partner – John Deere
  • Outstanding Intern/Co-op Employer – Gilbane Building Company