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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.

2022 Dean's Medal Nominees

  • Anisa Ashraf, Bioengineering
  • Mika Emoto, Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Peter Michael, Computer Science Engineering
  • An Nguyen, Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Melissa    Peters, Mechanical Engineering
  • Dena Sabha, Human Centered Design & Engineering
  • Carter Vu, Aeronautics & Astronautics
  • Emily Whelan, Industrial & Systems Engineering

2022 Dean's Medal Medalists

Taylor Juenke

Materials Science & Engineering

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Taylor Juenke began her college career as a star student softball player. Now a graduating senior in materials science and engineering, she showcases her academic athleticism as an undergraduate researcher investigating biomaterials in NSF and UW Medicine sponsored research projects.

Her interest in solving complex challenges in healthcare led Taylor to work alongside College of Engineering and UW Medicine faculty in Dr. Rajiv Saigal's lab to design biodegradable, intradural drug delivery systems that provide localized pain relief for spinal cord patients. Thanks to her expertise in materials selection, her Engineering Innovation in Health capstone team successfully prototyped antimicrobial dressing applicators for implanted port access equipment to ease drug delivery and reduce risk of infection. She collaborated with industry experts and area hospitals to submit the design’s provisional patent application.

Taylor is a dedicated mentor to undergraduate students interested in STEM. She served as the 2-Year Outreach Director for the UW chapter of the Society of Women Engineers, leading the organization’s statewide efforts to introduce underserved and underrepresented groups to engineering majors and careers. After graduation, Taylor plans to continue her academic studies in MSE’s Applied Master’s Program, and she looks forward to developing biomaterials that improve lives.

Isaiah Lemmon

Chemical Engineering
Computer Science & Engineering

Isaiah Lemmon photo

As a double major in chemical engineering and computer science and engineering, Isaiah Lemmon blended molecular science and software engineering in his studies, including his work as an undergraduate researcher studying catalysis, interfacial phenomena and molecular dynamics. His instructors note that he has received some of the highest grades in complex technical courses many seniors find challenging; and on a project on datacenter systems, he was credited with one of the most ambitious and interesting projects in a class of undergraduate and graduate students.

Early on, Isaiah’s natural research talents and passion for discovery caught the notice of faculty members, who recruited him for projects working alongside graduate students and postdoc fellows. As a junior, he joined a team as a software engineer, rewriting a complex piece of reaction engineering software in Python which transformed the program into a robust and reusable application that has improved research outcomes in labs across engineering.

After graduating in December 2021, Isaiah joined Amazon Web Services as a software engineer, where he hopes to find the intersection of computer science, chemical engineering, and clean energy technology at the datacenter scale.

View past Dean's Medalists