The Texas Society of Professional Engineers annual award luncheon recognized several Rice students with awards. The luncheon was part of National Engineers Week activities at Rice.
Matthew Stearns, civil and environmental engineering, was named the overall outstanding senior. Stearns serves as president of the Rice University Chapter of Engineers Without Borders, a student-run organization dedicated to collaborating with communities in the developing world to provide sustainable and culturally appropriate engineering solutions that improve quality of life.
Stephen Kruzick, electrical and computer engineering; Yangluo Wang, chemical and biomolecular engineering; and Zhao Kong, computational and applied mathematics, were all named outstanding seniors.
Hao Li, mechanical engineering and materials science, was named the overall outstanding junior.
Other juniors recognized as outstanding were: Benjamin Berryhill, civil and environmental engineering; Richard Latimer, electrical and computer engineering; and Apoorv Bhargava, chemical and biomolecular engineering.
Students from Prairie View A&M University and The University of Houston were also honored at the event, which was held at Ley Student Center on the Rice campus. The event annually is held at one of the three universities.
The societyâ€™s vision is to promote professional excellence, providing its members the highest quality lifelong learning and continuous personal and professional growth.