Dr. John P. Karidis Department Head's Award for Research Achievement in Mechanical Engineering

The Dr. John P. Karidis Department Head's Award for Research Achievement in Mechanical Engineering honors and recognizes mechanical engineering students who have made important contributions in furthering the research in his or her selected areas of study concentration.

The award is named for Dr. John P. Karidis, a mechanical engineering alumnus (Ph.D. ME '83). Dr. Karidis' commitment to engineering education and innovation prompted his original gift to create this endowed award. Additional contributions from friends and family members in honor of Dr. Karidis continue to enhance the prestige of this award within the department and recognize the impact of Dr. Karidis' life.

Eligibility

Consideration for this award is given to all undergraduate students enrolled in the Mechanical Engineering program. Selection is based on important contributions to research in their concentration areas.

Nomination Process

Students may self-nominate for this award. Calls for applications are sent out early in the fall semester. Students may provide an application to the MNE Undergraduate Programs Office, 139/140 Reber Bldg. Selection of the award winner will be based on scholarly achievements as well as significant research contributions.

Past Recipients

  • Shawn Siroka (2016)
  • Daniel Ruth (2015)
  • Kelsa Benensky (2014)
  • Michael Melnyk (2012)
  • Nathaniel Michaluk (2012)
  • Katie Kirsch (2011)
  • Patrick H. Gorzelic (2010)
  • Daniel J. Lesutis (2010)
  • Marta Hatzell (2009)
  • Casandra Niebel (2009)
  • Laura Slingerland (2008)
  • Christopher Garneau (2007)
  • Michael Petersheim (2006)
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The Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering at Penn State is one of the nation’s largest and most successful engineering departments. We serve more than 1,000 undergraduate students and more than 330 graduate students

We offer B.S. degrees in mechanical engineering and nuclear engineering as well as resident (M.S., Ph.D.) and online (M.S., M.Eng.) graduate degrees in nuclear engineering and mechanical engineering. MNE's strength is in offering hands-on experience in highly relevant research areas, such as energy, homeland security, biomedical devices, and transportation systems.

Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

137 Reber Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4400

Phone: 814-865-2519