Purdue ME Student Awards

Recognizing student excellence at every level

The School of Mechanical Engineering is pleased to announce the following awards, given to deserving sophomore, junior, and senior undergraduate students.  These students have demonstrated academic excellence, exemplified personal integrity, and exercised involvement in the community of Purdue University. 

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The John M. Starkey Prize in Mechanical Engineering

The John M. Starkey Prize in Mechanical Engineering celebrates the top all-around graduating ME senior every year, as exemplified by the school’s core values of Character and Personal Integrity, Academic Excellence, and Community Engagement and Leadership. The award comes with a cash prize of $3,000. Must meet the following criteria:

  • Outstanding contribution to the School of Mechanical Engineering
  • Demonstrated leadership and involvement
  • Record of academic excellence

The John M. Starkey Prize in Mechanical Engineering is named after John Starkey, who served as a professor in Mechanical Engineering from 1982 to 2017.  He served as faculty advisor for Purdue's SAE auto racing teams, and also director of the ME463 senior design capstone class, where he oversaw the final Purdue experience for hundreds of students.

And the winner is...

Jennifer Ascher

As President of the Purdue Mechanical Engineering Ambassadors, Jennifer is a public champion of Purdue ME. She has helped create numerous opportunities to introduce newcomers to the School: from distributing STEM kits to elementary school students, to personally leading the efforts to mentor new incoming sophomores in ME290. In addition to her participation in organizations like Purdue Engineering Presidents’ Council, she also manages and performs in the Purduettes. She has had internships with Caterpillar and SC Johnson, and will soon start a full-time position at General Mills. She demonstrates her strong work ethic in leading by example.


Frederick Morse Award for Outstanding Juniors

Presented to a student in junior level curriculum (they must have taken ME 309, ME 365, and ME 323); based on dedication to the School of Mechanical Engineering, in recognition of leadership within the community and department; examples of leadership include: club involvement, mentoring program, co-op/internship opportunities, etc. The award comes with a cash prize of $1,000. Must meet the following criteria:

  • Outstanding contribution to the School of Mechanical Engineering
  • Demonstrated leadership and involvement
  • Record of academic excellence

The Outstanding Junior Award is named after Frederick Morse, who served as a professor in Mechanical Engineering from 1947 to 1985.  He is best known for creating Purdue's first cooperative education (co-op) program in 1954, and in the decades since, guiding hundreds of students through their first work experiences.

And the winner is...

Jack Walsh

Jack encompasses both technical knowledge and inspiring leadership, particularly in his role as Vice President of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). He oversees five design teams and three weekly workshops, offering a diverse skillset and a mentoring mindset. He started ASME’s CAD training program which teaches members everything from the basics to advanced tools of Fusion 360, helping over 150 students to learn CAD since the program was started. He will be researching 3D imaging technology with Song Zhang this upcoming fall.


George Elwood Rhoads Award for Outstanding Sophomores

Presented to a student in sophomore level curriculum (they must have taken ME 200, ME 270, and ME 290); based on dedication to the School of Mechanical Engineering, in recognition of leadership within the community and department.  The award comes with a cash prize of $500.  Must meet the following criteria:

  • Outstanding contribution to the School of Mechanical Engineering
  • Demonstrated leadership and involvement
  • Record of academic excellence

The Outstanding Sophomore Award is named after George Elwood Rhoads, who graduated from Purdue Mechanical Engineering in 1900; the funds were provided by his son, Albert B. Rhoads (BSME 1933).

And the winner is...

Sajon Seaberg

Sajon brings a mindful approach to his leadership, while also demonstrating great attention to detail and proactive thinking. He is president of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), leading the fastest growing organization on campus with over 450 members, while still creating new ways to expand. He has participated in Purdue Engineering Presidents’ Council, been a Engineering Deans Leadership Scholar, and served as Airframe Engineer for Purdue Space Program (PSP). He has also had four internships, most recently with Kiewit Corporations Power Engineers working on combined cycle power plants and renewable energy projects.


Interested in funding a Purdue ME Student Award?

 

Do you want to fund future awards to recognize the best and brightest Purdue Mechanical Engineering students? Contact Javan Greeson at (765) 494-9769, email him at wjgreeson@prf.org, or donate online today (and specify Student Awards!)