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CEE undergraduate students receive Distinguished Achievement Undergraduate Award

CEE students Adam Assink and Joseph Rodgers have received the Distinguished Achievement Undergraduate Award. | Short Read
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CEE undergraduate students Adam Assink and Joseph Rodgers have received the Distinguished Achievement Undergraduate Award from Michigan Engineering.

The Distinguished Achievement Undergraduate Award is presented to the outstanding undergraduate in each degree program. Criteria considered by the department awards committee include academic achievement, exemplary character, leadership in class and activities, and potential for success in future endeavors. Each student receives a stipend from the award for the academic year.

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Assink (Environmental Engineering) is a teaching assistant for two CEE classes and a research assistant for Associate Professor Therese Olson on a project regarding public outreach for lead service line replacement in Michigan communities. Outside of academics, Assink is the captain for the men’s ultimate Frisbee program, where the team participates in Frisbee competitions around the Midwest and competes against other colleges. He is also a part of the leadership team for Campus Chapel and an active member of the Tau Beta Pi engineering honor fraternity.

Rodgers (Civil Engineering) is a project lead for BLUElab Yucatan, a student-run socially engaged design team that works with a partner community in Mexico to develop sustainable, empowering solutions for rural farmers affected by poverty. Their goal is to not come in and try to “save” communities, but rather to collaborate with them on solutions to problems that they determine together. Rodgers is also an active member of Michigan’s Steel Bridge Team. The group prepares for a competition each year by designing, constructing, and testing a 22-foot long steel bridge that must abide by conference rules, hold 2500 pounds, and be assembled as fast as possible from 3-foot segments by members of the team. Outside of school, Rodgers enjoys being outdoors, including running around campus, skiing with his brothers, and hiking and camping in national parks.

Congratulations to Adam and Joseph!

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