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 2018 Medalists!

Trevor Hedges

William E. Boeing Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics

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Since entering the UW as a direct freshman admit, Trevor Hedges has excelled at his coursework, maintaining a 4.0 GPA and listed on the Dean’s list every quarter. He has been an active participant in undergraduate research since his freshman year, starting as a researcher in the Mars In Situ Resource Utilization Laboratory where he investigated the thermal properties of planetary regolith and ice.

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He went on to work in the Aircraft Icing Laboratory investigating the effect of ice shapes on wing performance, and most recently has been working on understanding the behavior of fluid droplets in turbulence in the Computational Fluid Mechanics Laboratory.

Outside the classroom, Trevor honed his programming and scientific skills in multiple internships with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where he conducted computer modeling for the Mars InSight lander. During the school year, Trevor served as the software team lead on the Husky Robotics Student Team where he helped develop Mars rover software systems.

After graduation, Trevor plans to continue research in computational fluid dynamics or a related field as a Ph.D. student at Stanford University.

Kaitlyn Zhou

Human Centered Design & Engineering
Computer Science

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Kaitlyn Zhou has demonstrated excellence in academics, research and leadership in the Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering and in the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering, where she is pursuing dual degrees. In undergraduate research, she works with faculty in both CSE and in HCDE.

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With professor Linda Shapiro, she explores facial expression in animation modeling. At the EmCOMP lab in HCDE, she has co-authored two published papers on online rumoring and contributed to a successful NSF grant proposal. Currently, she is working on a paper about the spread of disinformation related to the Syrian War.

As a student leader on campus, Kaitlyn served as the director of university affairs on the ASUW’s Board of Directors. She helped launch the Allen School’s new student advisory council and served as its chair, working with school leaders to curate research initiatives and develop programming to support diversity efforts, student wellness and social responsibility.

After graduating with her bachelor’s degrees, Kaitlyn will begin a master’s program in computer science at the Allen School.

Read more about Kaitlyn at the Department of Human Centered Design and Engineering