Five outstanding student organizations receive college awards

Posted: February 24, 2016

Five Ohio State College of Engineering student organizations were recognized for their efforts to inspire the next generation of innovators and solve real-world challenges during the second annual Student Organization Recognition & Awards on February 17. 

This prestigious awards night honors organizations for leadership, profound impact and commitment to service. 

“This event reminds me that being a faculty member is one of the greatest jobs in the world,” David Tomasko, associate dean of undergraduate education and student services, said at the event. “I get to watch and sometimes help young women and men accomplish astounding feats in service to their profession and humanity. We are not only proud of you, but thankful for you bringing new perspectives and ideas to us every year.” 

Dean Williams congratulates the National Society of Black Engineers, recipients of the Overall Outstanding Organization and Diversity & Inclusion Enhancement awards.
Dean Williams congratulates the National Society of Black Engineers, recipients of the Overall Outstanding Organization and Diversity & Inclusion Enhancement awards.
The highest honor, the Overall Outstanding Student Organization award and a $1,000 prize, was presented to the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) in recognition of the breadth and quality of their activities.

Named “Diversity and Inclusion Champions,” NSBE also received the Diversity & Inclusion Enhancement Award for demonstrating an inclusive mindset and culture through their activities.  

Four other student organizations were also honored with awards for industry partnerships, community service and outreach.

The Biomedical Engineering Society at Ohio State won the award for Outstanding Partnership with Industry. From hosting an annual conference to participating in national and regional events, this organization developed relationships with their partner companies and helped its members experience the biomedical engineering profession. 

The 2016 K-12 Outreach Award was presented to the City and Regional Planning Student Association. The association was extremely involved in the Ohio Summer Youth Program that engages 80 disadvantaged youth from Columbus and Franklin County. They organized and developed a curriculum for a two-day Planner’s Day in School, educating students in city and regional planning concepts.

The Media Darling Award went to Buckeye Current, the electric motorcycle team, who earned 16 media stories, blog posts and event recognitions on multiple platforms for their efforts to build and race innovative electric motorcycles and contribute to the advancement of clean vehicle technologies. 

The award for Outstanding Community or University Service was given to Society of Women Engineers (SWE) in recognition of their leadership and service. SWE participates in multiple programs, including charity 5K events in Columbus, engineering competition fundraisers on campus and after school programs at the Metro School.

In addition, the Engineer’s Council presented the 2015 Outstanding Advisor Award to Mark Ruegsegger, associate clinical professor of biomedical engineering, for going above and beyond in his leadership, guidance and support of the Biomedical Engineering Society. 

Ohio State students contribute to more than 100 College of Engineering student organizations and 26 competitive project teams, and in turn build invaluable leadership experience, while gaining practical skills. 

View additional photos of the event on flickr.

Written by Kyjah Coryat

Categories: AwardsStudents