Student Marshals Named for 2015 Spring Commencement
Four students from the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering have been selected to serve as student marshals for the College of Engineering during spring commencement. College of Engineering student marshals are selected for their outstanding academic achievement and contributions to engineering student life.
Maryellen Overbaugh will represent mechanical engineering. She will receive her bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering. Overbaugh has chosen Karen Thole, professor and head, Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering, to be her faculty escort.
Overbaugh is the daughter of Maryellen and Robert Overbaugh of Pittsburgh. She is a 2011 graduate of North Allegheny Senior High School in Wexford, PA. Her academic honors include the President’s Freshman Award, the President Sparks Award, the Evan Pugh Scholar Award (junior and senior) and the Thomas Briggs Hunter Memorial Award for Student Leadership. Overbaugh was the recipient of the II-VI Foundation Scholarship, the Crowley Scholarship, the Paul Morrow Endowed Scholarship, the Louis A. Harding Memorial Scholarship, the Bayard D. Kunkle Scholarship and the College of Engineering Merit-Based Scholarship.
Overbaugh’s internship experience included Ritter Technology, LLC, where she examined hydraulic system components and assisted with hydraulic system repairs; Phillips 66 Bayway Refinery, where she managed piping and construction projects, performed mechanical design calculations and surveyed corrosion; and Williams, where she designed a system to reduce methane emissions related to compressor shutdown events by more than 55 percent. Her extracurricular activities included THON (rules and regulations committee, 2012; merchandise captain, 2013; family relations captain, 2014; hospitality captain, 2015); Undergraduate Teaching and Research Experiences in Engineering (teaching mentor); Women in Engineering Program Orientation (rover, 2012; mentor, 2013; spirit lead, 2014); and Engineering Orientation Network (mentor, 2012). Overbaugh served as a teaching assistant for a first-year seminar in mechanical engineering (2012) and worked as a grader for a mathematics class on ordinary and partial differential equations (2013). Following graduation, she will join Bechtel Plant Machinery, Inc., as a cognizant engineer.
Kelly McClure will represent nuclear engineering. McClure, a Schreyer Scholar, will receive her bachelor of science degree in nuclear engineering. She has chosen Kostandin Ivanov, Distinguished Professor of Nuclear Engineering, to be her faculty escort.
McClure is the daughter of Patricia and Richard McClure of Wexford, PA. She is a 2011 graduate of North Allegheny Senior High School in Wexford. Her awards and honors include the President’s Freshman Award and the John J. Brennan Excellence in Nuclear Engineering Award. She is a member of the Alpha Nu Sigma National Honor Society for Nuclear Science and Engineering. She was the recipient of the Bernadette and Warren Witzig Nuclear Engineering Merit Scholarship, the National Academy for Nuclear Training Scholarship and the Smidansky Family Scholarship in Engineering.
McClure completed two engineering internships, one with GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy, where she improved the procedure for rod withdrawal error simulation, and the other with Exelon Corporation, where she utilized industry codes to perform cost-benefit analyses on changing various core characteristics. Her extracurricular activities included the American Nuclear Society (secretary, 2014); Women in Nuclear (vice president, 2013); and the South Halls Residents Association (events lead, 2012). Following graduation, McClure will join Exelon Corporation as a reactor engineer.
John Merlino will represent the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC). He will receive a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering and a bachelor of science degree in nuclear engineering with a minor in military studies. Merlino has chosen Capt. Robert E. Clarke II, Commanding Officer, Penn State Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps to be his faculty escort.
Merlino is the son of Marcia and Paul Merlino of West Newton, PA. He is a 2010 graduate of Yough Senior High School in Herminie, PA. His academic awards and honors include the President’s Freshman Award, the LTJG T. Brandon McCombie Memorial Award, the Henry Chrisman Memorial Award, the American Legion Post 245 Military Excellence Award and the Reserve Officer Association Award. He is a member of the Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society. Merlino was the recipient of the Monty Schultz Memorial Scholarship, the Schneider Scholarship, the Professor H. A. Everett Memorial Scholarship and a four-year Naval ROTC Scholarship.
Merlino held several leadership positions in the Naval ROTC Program, including fire team leader (2011), platoon sergeant (2012), battalion sergeant major (2013), physical training officer (2014) and operations officer (2015). As part of the Naval ROTC Summer Cruise program, Merlino was attached to a boomer submarine out of Kings Bay, Ga. (2012); a destroyer out of Norfolk, Va. (2012); various aviation platforms out of Oceana, Va. (2012), a marine unit at Camp Geiger, N.C. (2012) and a fast attack submarine out of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii (2013 and 2014). Merlino’s internship experiences included serving as a production engineer intern at Advanced Acoustic Concepts, where he was involved in the safe creation and testing of power amplifiers and wire harnesses for SONAR systems, and working as a grader for NUC E 310W, Issues in Nuclear Engineering, where he graded and provided feedback for students’ writing assignments. He was a member of a crossfit team at the Military Excellence Competition sponsored by Villanova University. Following commencement, Merlino will be commissioned as an ensign in the U.S. Navy at the Penn State ROTC commissioning ceremony. He has been service assigned as a Naval Reactors Engineer at Naval Reactors (NR) in Washington D.C. While at NR, Merlino plans to pursue a graduate degree in nuclear materials or engineering management.
Adam Gordon will represent bioengineering. Gordon, a Schreyer Scholar, will receive a bachelor of science degree in bioengineering and a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering. He has chosen Margaret Slattery, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, to be his faculty escort.
Gordon is the son of Barbara and Bernard Gordon of Fairfax, VA. He is a 2011 graduate of W. T. Woodson High School in Fairfax. His academic awards include the President’s Freshman Award, the President Sparks Award, and the Evan Pugh Scholar Award (junior and senior). He is a member of the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society. Gordon was the recipient of the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Wharton Scholarship.
Gordon completed two internships, one with GE Healthcare, where he redesigned and implemented improvements to the FDA regulatory labeling process for C-Arm X-Ray, and the other with Siemens where he tested and analyzed designs for the product development team developing a new line of circuit breakers. His extracurricular activities included intramural soccer, football, and basketball, Schreyer Honors College Orientation Mentor (2012-2014), and Bridges to Prosperity, chapter officer (2013). Following graduation, Gordon will join Siemens Engineering Leadership Development Program, a two-year rotational program in which employees experience several different roles.