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Five CEE students recognized at Student Honors Luncheon

The outstanding achievements and future aspirations of all Georgia Tech students were celebrated at the annual Student Honors Luncheon, held April 16 in the Student Center Ballroom.


Five CEE students - Jacob Tzagaebe, Nicole Caruso, Daniela Remolina, Lewis Brower, and Brett David Reichard - were among the honorees at the event, which was MC'd by Vice Provost of Undergradaute Education Colin Potts.


"We are incredibly proud of the talent, drive and hard work that these students have shown in their school work and in their participation on campus," said Karen and John Huff School Chair Dr. Reginald DesRoches. "The stellar reputation that CEE has earned over the years is a result of this level of scholarship and commitment."

Kennesaw native Nicole Caruso was recognized with the 2013 CEE Chair's Outstanding Senior Award. An environmental engineering major, Caruso was lauded for her academic performance, strong citizenship qualities, and leadership in community and campus affairs

Many will remember that Caruso was a driving force behind the recent AEES Symposium, which showcased the scholarship of undergraduate as well as graduate students in environmental sciences. 

As she ends her undergraduate career  and prepares to return to CEE for her masters next year, Caruso has a 4.0 GPA and aspirations for doing consulting work on groundwater remediation when she is finished with school.

"I've really enjoyed the opportunity to do undergradue research because I've gotten the opportunity to apply what I learned to a real-life problem."

Caruso's thoughts were no-doubt inspiring to second-year student Daniella Remolina, who received the CEE Outstanding Sophomore Award. A native of Columbia, Remolina says she has been working with Dr. Kimberly Kurtis on research that focuses on the use of geopolymer aggregates in concrete.She is hoping to land a research position this summer in that field.

Named as a Henry Ford II scholar was Brett David Reichard. Lewis Brower was given the CEE Buck Stith Outstanding Junior Award.

Taking home the much-coveted AESO Systems Graduate Minority Engineering Award was a student who is no stranger to achievement: Jacob Tzegaezbe. The recently named Marshall Scholar will be leaving CEE this spring to complete is doctorate in England. Though he was thrilled to receive the award, he was even more excited about having two of his most fervant mentors with him at the awards ceremony: his father Chris Tzegaegbe (below, right)  and CEE faculty Dr. Augustine Esogbue (below,  left).