April 17, 2015
–Patrick Kurp, Engineering Communications
Lindsey Witte, a senior in chemical and biomolecular engineering (ChBE), has been awarded the Robert H. Parks Jr. Prize for Excellence in Engineering Leadership by the Rice Center for Engineering Leadership (RCEL).
The prize of $3,500 is awarded annually to a graduating senior who displays exceptional leadership as an undergraduate at Rice University. “It was a very tough decision. We had to choose Witte awarded Parks Prize by RCELfrom three very qualified candidates. All of them were impressive and came with high recommendation from their departments,” said Kazimir “Kaz” Karwowski, executive director of RCEL.
Witte serves as external vice president of the Rice chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and in February was named the outstanding senior in ChBE at Rice by the Gulf Coast Chapter of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers.
She was a technical materials management intern with BASF in Germany in 2014 and a global oilfield solutions marketing intern with the same company in Houston in 2013. She was also a technical leader for an Engineers Without Borders water distribution project in Nicaragua, and a DREAM mentor at a Houston-area high school.
Witte was co-leader of the student advisory panel for the Chemical Engineering Department’s 2014 Advancement Committee Review. This semester she launched the ChBE Undergraduate Board to promote regular discussion about curriculum and undergraduate experiences. She will go to work in September as an engineer for BASF in their rotational program.