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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2016 Parks Award Recipient
Teju Kishore - Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Teju Kishore will graduate in May with a B.S. in chemical and biomolecular engineering (ChBE), a minor in business and an Engineering Leadership Certificate from RCEL. The Parks Prize recognizes a senior who displays “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.”

This year Kishore served as president of the Rice chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and the Texas Society of Professional Engineers named her Outstanding Senior Chemical Engineering Student and Most Outstanding Senior Engineer at Rice.

Kishore headed RCEL’s Mentorship Committee and has served as vice president, supervisor and treasurer of the Rice Robotic Club. She is co-founder and treasurer of Knitting for a Warmer World, and a member of the Society of Women Engineers.

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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2016 RCEL Leadership Award Recipient

Colin Shaw - Statistics

Colin Shaw will graduate in May with a B.A. is statistics and an Engineering Leadership Certificate. He served as a student staff member at RCEL from 2012 to 2016, and as a leadership researcher from 2013 to 2015.

In 2015-16, Shaw served as president of Duncan College, and for three years he served as treasurer, vice-chair and college representative for the University Court. Since 2013, Shaw has worked as a writing mentor and technical assistant to design teams in the Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen.

“Colin has more leadership experience than any other student I have worked with at Rice because he has served as a leader through all of his four years,” Matthew Wettergreen, lecturer at the OEDK, wrote in his nominating letter for Shaw.