Graduates Recognized at May 14 Commencement

Thursday, May 26, 2011

College of Engineering commencement ceremonies were held May 14 at the Marriott Hotel and Convention Center. Patricia Coleman (BSCE 1978), a principal at Thornton Tomasetti of Dallas, TX gave the charge to the graduates and was inducted into the college's Distinguished Engineering Alumni Academy. John Foster gave the graduating senior address. UI executive vice president and provost P. Barry Butler conferred 222 degrees.

Alexandria Carli of the Engineering Student Council presented the graduating senior award, chosen through nomination by the senior class, to Rachel Crome.

Among the seniors at commencement, 64.5 percent graduated with distinction, honors, a second major, a minor, and/or a Technological Entrepreneurship Certificate.

Candidates graduating with highest distinction were Allison Bruggeman, Benjamin Dilger, Kelle Goranson, Thomas Johnson, Timothy Lane, Collin Tokheim, and Alexander VanFosson. Graduating with highest distinction requires a cumulative grade point average of 3.85 or higher.

Graduating with high distinction were Elizabeth Breitbach, Alayna Butcher, Geoffrey Dankle, Timothy Keleher, Lindsey Knake, and Anthony Melchiorri. Graduating with high distinction requires a cumulative grade point average of 3.75 – 3.84

Graduating with distinction were Hayley Abbas, David Crawford, Bryce Diestelmeier, Jonathan Durst, Derek Henscheid, Divya Maxwell, Stephanie McCoy, Laura Northrup, Allison Robinson, and Vincent Wagner. Graduating with distinction requires a cumulative grade point average of 3.65 – 3.74/4.0.

Students graduating with honors were Lindsey Knake, Divya Maxwell, Anthony Melchiorri, Michael Baker, Kenneth Mineart, Ross Johnson, Patrice Metcalf-Putnam, Ryan DeFranco, Patrick Gavin, and Philip Hawbarker. Graduating with honors requires a cumulative grade point average of 3.33 or above, and completion of an honors project under the supervision of a faculty member.

Ten candidates graduated with second major:

Nikhil Batra (BSE in biomedical engineering and BS in chemistry)
Anthony Melchiorri (BSE in biomedical engineering and BA in English)
Michael Baker (BSE in chemical engineering and BS in physics)
Geoffrey Dankle, Justin Hahn and Michael Lee (BSE in chemical engineering and BS in biochemistry)
Eryn Dattilo (BSE in civil engineering and BA in music)
Michelle Hruby (BSE in electrical engineering and BS in applied physics)
Philip Hawbaker (BSE in industrial engineering and BBA in finance)
Matthew Bonney (BSE in mechanical engineering and BA in physics)

One-hundred-nineteen candidates graduated with a minor: mathematics (61); business administration (30); chemistry (20); computer science (14); Psychology (5); Spanish and Portuguese (4); German (2); French and Italian (2); economics (1); human physiology (1); Asian and Slavic Languages and literature (1); Arabic Language and literature (1). Of the 119, one had a triple major and 24 had double minors.

Ramiro Ramos and Adam Thompson earned a Technological Entrepreneurship Certificate. Megan Greenwood earned an International Business Certificate. Tyler Stutzman earned a Sustainability Certificate.

Thirty-five candidates received M.S. degrees from the Graduate College. Biomedical engineering (6); chemical and biochemical engineering (7); civil and environmental engineering (9); electrical and computer engineering (7); industrial engineering (4) and mechanical engineering (2).

Twelve candidates received Ph.D. degrees from the Graduate College. Kishore Nannapaneni in biomedical engineering; Kehinde Bankole and Ho Seop Eom in chemical and biochemical engineering; Xiguang Jiang, Elham Khayat Moghaddam, Dinesh Kumar and John Reyland in electrical and computer engineering; Joseph Engler, Andrew Kiekhaefer and Scott Oepnshaw in industrial engineering; and Seth Dillard N Youbing Yin in mechanical engineering.