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 2015 Medalists!

Darcy Akers

Civil & Environmental Engineering

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Darcy Akers is graduating with a BS in civil and environmental engineering with an emphasis in transportation and intelligent transportation systems. She is a Washington Scholar, a participant in the Emerging Leaders in Engineering Program, and she spent a month in Italy with the Engineering Rome Study Abroad program.

More about Darcy Akers

Since her freshmen year, Darcy has been a member of Engineers Without Borders, leading the design of a large community center structure and traveling to Guatemala for the initial project assessment and survey. Interning with the traffic engineering group in the City of Bellevue’s transportation department, Darcy explored research that combined her love for sustainability and public service. She worked on projects including updating Greenroads Foundation’s manual and examined arterial signal performance measures to develop a signal optimization tool with the Washington State Transportation Center.

After graduation, Darcy plans to pursue a career in transportation engineering.

William Hwang

Electrical Engineering and Materials Science & Engineering

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William Hwang is graduating with degrees and departmental honors in both electrical engineering and materials science and engineering. He participated in the Robinson Center for Young Scholars’ Early Entrance Program and became engaged with engineering research as a sophomore.

More about William Hwang

He worked with Professors Mari Ostendorf and Hannaneh Hajishirzi in electrical engineering to develop text recognition methods using natural language processing techniques. He received a Mary Gates Research Scholarship for this work and will be presenting his findings at a national conference on human language technology. With Professor Christine Luscombe, he worked to synthesize silver nanoparticles for use in conductive inks with applications in 3D printed electronics and transparent conducting electrodes.

William will intern at Intel in the summer and return to the UW in the fall to pursue his MS degree in materials science and engineering.