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 2017 Medalists!

Celina Gunnarsson


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With achievements inside and outside of the classroom, a strong record of research and service, and dedication to improving their student community, Celina Gunnarsson is an asset to the bioengineering department, the College of Engineering and the University of Washington.

More about Celina Gunnarsson

As a top-ranked student in their cohort, Celina holds an impressive 3.96 bioengineering GPA and has pursued a broad range of academic interests, including art history and humanities along with their bioengineering coursework. As an undergraduate researcher in the Zheng Lab, they helped develop a three-dimensional model of the blood-brain barrier to study cerebral malaria. Celina’s commitment to raising the voices of diversity and difference at UW is reflected in their volunteer activities and service project focused on diversity and ethics in engineering education. Celina will work as a research scientist in the Zheng Lab before pursuing graduate study in vascular tissue engineering and biophysics.

Read more about Celina at the Department of Bioengineering

Alexis Harroun

William E. Boeing Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics

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Alexis Harroun leads by example with an exemplary academic career, leadership roles in student groups, undergraduate research experience and numerous accolades. As a direct freshman admit, she appeared on the Dean’s List over nine times.

More about Alexis Harroun

In the ram accelerator and shockwave reactor labs, she conducted experiments on thermal protection systems and hypervelocity launching technologies. She is the propulsion technical lead for the UW Society for Advanced Rocket Propulsion (SARP), as well as the president of the UW chapter of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). Her honors include a NASA Space Grant scholarship and a UW Society of Women Engineers Outstanding Female award. Outside campus, Alexis has interned at NASA Langley, Boeing and Blue Origin. After graduation, she will attend Purdue University to study rocket propulsion with a NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship.

Read more about Alexis at the William E. Boeing Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics