Meet our Outstanding Student Award winners. These students received honors for their excellence in areas of service, international engagement, research, and academic achievement. Many who win awards at the department level also move on to win Outstanding Undergraduate Awards at the college level. 

Curtis Gile and Engineers Without Borders Team

Catching rainwater in Rwanda, student spends summers with Engineers Without Borders

May 7, 2019

Curtis Gile was selected as the Spring 2019 Department of Mechanical Engineering Outstanding Graduate for International Engagement. He spent two summers developing rainwater catchment systems in Rwanda with Engineers Without Borders. In May 2019, he will graduate with degrees in mechanical engineering and economics.

Brent Frieden portrait

Hard work paves the way in school, cycling and service

May 7, 2019

Brent Frieden was selected as the Spring 2019 College of Engineering and Applied Science Outstanding Graduate for Academic Achievement. Frieden holds the highest GPA in the college, competed on the CU Boulder cycling team and volunteered in Nicaragua.

Spencer Miller headshot

Service, a life outside the comfort zone

May 7, 2019

Spencer Miller was selected as the Spring 2019 Department of Mechanical Engineering Outstanding Graduate for Service. He was involved in ASME and The BOLD Center, tutored underrepresented high school students, volunteered with Boulder Food Rescue and created a film about living outside your comfort zone.

Simon Hafner research

Passion for renewable energy leads to battery research

May 7, 2019

Mechanical engineering BS/MS student and Boettcher Scholar Simon Hafner was selected as the Spring 2019 College of Engineering and Applied Science Outstanding Graduate for Research. The goal of his research was to increase the energy density and lifetime of batteries, so they can be replaced less often for a lower price.

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