Awards

Robert H. Parks Jr. Prize for Excellence in Engineering Leadership

The Robert H. Parks Jr. prize for Excellence in Engineering Leadership is awarded annually to a graduating senior who has displayed leadership while an undergraduate student at Rice University. The selected student must have displayed leadership both in and outside the classroom, and is recognized by faculty and their peers as an exemplary leader. This award will recognize past leadership as well as the potential for future engineering leadership.

The selected student will be awarded a cash prize of $3,500 presented by the Executive Director of the Rice Center for Engineering Leadership and will receive recognition in the Rice Commencement Program.

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2017 Parks Award Recipient

Kelly Kidder - 
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Kidder received the Robert H. Parks Jr. Prize for Excellence in Engineering Leadership, given annually to a graduating senior who displays leadership “both in and outside the classroom, and is recognized by faculty and peers as an exemplary leader.”

Rafael Verduzco, associate professor of ChBE, advised the Chem-E Car team in academic year 2015-2016 and wrote in his nominating letter for Kidder:

“Despite not receiving any course credit, Kelly was the team captain and guided the team’s activities. She led the team to the successful design and construction of a fuel cell-powered car. The design developed by this team is being used by the current Chem-E car team.”

As a freshman, Kidder served as lead engineer on the four-member design team Village Innovators, and wrote a technical guide for a low-resource, zero-electricity refrigerator for use in developing African countries. She had internships with Molecular Rebar Design, Petroleum Thermodynamics and Flow Assurance Lab and USDA Agricultural Research Services.

The RCEL Engineering Leadership Award

The RCEL Engineering Leadership Award is presented annually to a graduating senior whose qualities of character, leadership and responsibility have been outstanding during their undergraduate years at Rice. The award also recognizes potential for future engineering leadership. 

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2017 RCEL Leadership Award Recipient

 

Drew Petty - Mechanical Engineering

Andrew "Drew" Petty is the recipient of the 2017 RCEL Engineering Leadership Award, presented to graduating seniors whose “qualities of character, leadership and responsibility have been outstanding during their undergraduate years at Rice.”

Petty served as treasurer and president of the Rice student chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. The group’s faculty adviser was Andrew Dick, assistant professor of MECH, who wrote in his nominating letter:

“In the eight years that I advised the club, Mr. Petty was the most active, innovative and effective leader that the club had. In addition to fulfilling the standard roles as an officer, Drew led numerous efforts and took many actions to enhance the club.”

Laura A. Schaefer, professor and chair of MECH, wrote of Petty: “He is a perfect example of engineering leadership. He is bright and intensely driven, but also excellent at relating to other people, on all levels. He has both breadth and depth, which he has demonstrated in the classroom and on the public stage.”

Petty completed internships at Lockheed Martin, Air Liquide Large Industries and the Brandt Companies.