Dean's Medal for Academic Excellence

Each year, the UW Engineering dean recognizes two exceptional students for academic excellence. Students must meet specific eligibility requirements and are selected from among those nominated by department chairs and reviewed by a selection committee.

Selection criteria include grades, rigor and distribution of courses, research experience, extracurricular activities, and leadership.

Congratulations to the 2016 Medalists!

Thao Nguyen

Chemical Engineering

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Thao Nguyen is graduating with honors with a BS in chemical engineering and a minor in mathematics. She received the Bernice Frank and Tolentino Endowed Scholarship. Thao has contributed to several UW research labs and took a lead role on an industry-funded materials testing project.

More about Thao Nguyen

In Professor John Berg’s colloid and interfacial research lab, Thao worked to formulate new chemicals in cosmetic applications. She interned at Seattle City Light, examining outage and automation data to ensure safety. Thao has also served as a CLUE physics tutor and helped develop the program’s tutor training course.

Thao plans to pursue a PhD in chemical and biological engineering at Princeton University with a focus on biomedical research.

Ian Andrews


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Ian Andrews is graduating with a BS in bioengineering and a minor in chemistry. He is a recipient of the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and the Mary Gates Research Scholarship and is a member of the inaugural Husky 100 class of 2016.

More about Ian Andrews

Ian is president of the UW’s Biomedical Engineering Society, an Undergraduate Research Leader and engineering peer mentor. He helped develop techniques for polymer-based plasmid delivery with Professor Suzie Pu and contributed to research on paper-based microfluidic tests for acute infection and drug resistance of HIV with Professor Barry Lutz.

After graduation, Ian will join the PhD program in biological engineering at MIT with support from an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.