College of Engineering student marshals named for 2016 spring commencement
Three students from the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering have been selected to serve as student marshals for the College of Engineering’s May 6 spring commencement. College of Engineering student marshals are selected for their outstanding academic achievement and contributions to engineering student life.
Scott Babilya and Marc Yarnall will represent the mechanical engineering baccalaureate degree program.
Babilya will receive bachelor of science degrees in mechanical and nuclear engineering. He has chosen Eric Marsh, professor of mechanical engineering, to be his faculty escort.
His academic honors include the President’s Sparks Award, the President’s Freshman Award, and the Evan Pugh Award. In addition, he was the recipient of the Robert S. Wetmiller Scholarship in Mechanical Engineering. While at Penn State, Babilya completed two internships with Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory as a technical intern. He designed MOV stem nut thread wear models, performed MOV stem nut thread wear diagnostic testing, and compared PARTISN and FIBER meshed neutron and gamma simulations.
Babilya’s extracurricular activities included the Blue Band (squad leader 2014-2015), Pride of the Lions Pep Band, Concert Band, and Intramural Soccer. He also competed in the Siemens Sustainable Campus Project (2013) where he received an award for Best Design Process.
Following graduation, Babilya will join Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory as a shield technology engineer.
Yarnall will receive a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering with a minor in engineering leadership development. He has chosen Stephen Lynch, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, to be his faculty escort.
His academic honors include the Evan Pugh Award. He holds a yellow belt in Six Sigma and was the recipient of the Fred B. Schneider Scholarship in Mechanical Engineering and the Professor H. A. Everett Memorial Scholarship Fund.
Yarnall completed three engineering internships. Two of the internships were with Koenig Engineering, Inc., where he coordinated with the CEO to design and manufacture a shipping lock for an SSS clutch, and assisted senior project engineers by implementing stainless steel hardware for corrosion resistance. He also interned with Ford Motor Company, where he solved a reoccurring assembly line fault that contributed to three to six hours of weekly downtime.
His extracurricular activities included the Penn State Thespians (assistant technical director for "Chicago," 2013, ensemble for "The Producers," 2012) and Thon (OPPerations committee member, 2013-2016, TREE Chair 2014-2015).
Following graduation, Yarnall will join General Motors as an engineer in Transmission Advanced Engineering.
Jacob Hirschhorn will represent the nuclear engineering baccalaureate degree program.
Hirschhorn will receive a bachelor of science degree in nuclear engineering. He has chosen Justin Watson, assistant professor of nuclear engineering, to be his faculty escort.
A Schreyer Scholar, Hirschhorn completed an undergraduate honors thesis titled “Incorporating Liquid Sodium Analysis Capability into CTF.” In addition to his honors thesis research, he participated in a second undergraduate research project at Penn State titled “Magnetohydrodynamic Boundary Layer Modeling.”
His academic honors include the Evan Pugh Scholar Award (junior and senior) and the John J. Brennan Excellence in Nuclear Engineering Award. He was named to the Dean’s List every semester. Hirschhorn was the recipient of the Penn State Alumni Association Trustee Scholarship, the Employees of Consolidated Freightways Scholarship, the Class of 1922 Memorial Scholarship, the Edward H. and Deborah R. Klevans Scholarship in Nuclear Engineering, and the Penn State Military Student Fund Scholarship. He holds membership in the Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society.
Hirschhorn completed an internship with Tekgard, Inc., where he drafted technical manuals and 3D models of refrigeration system components. As a Toshiba-Westinghouse Undergraduate Fellow, he completed undergraduate research involving use of liquid sodium coolants in nuclear reactors. He also participated in the Penn State Behrend Sigma XI Undergraduate Research Conference where he received second place in mathematics.
His extracurricular activities included the Penn State Student Veterans Association and the Graham Entrepreneurial Leadership Program.
Following graduation, Hirschhorn will pursue a graduate degree in nuclear engineering from Penn State.