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College recognizes the work of outstanding student organizations

The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) received the Overall Outstanding Organization and Diversity Enhancement awards.The dedication and hard work of six outstanding engineering student organizations was celebrated by The Ohio State University College of Engineering on March 1 at the third annual Student Organization Recognition & Awards.

Establishing an atmosphere of excitement around student involvement, the awards recognized the impact student organizations make on the world as well as on the visibility and reputation of the engineering profession.

“Getting involved in student organizations is a wonderful maturing experience for young men and women to develop their professional skills,” said David Tomasko, associate dean of undergraduate education and student services. “Students involved in these organizations 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.”

The most prestigious honor of the night, Overall Outstanding Organization, was awarded to the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). Receiving a $1000 donation from the college, SWE boasts a great diversity of activity and breadth of impact in their mission to spread a passion for engineering.

SWE also received the Diversity Enhancement Award along with the Women in Engineering Graduate Council. Both organizations were recognized for their demonstration of an inclusive mindset and culture through a wide range of activities.

Four other student organizations were honored with awards for their contributions to the engineering community through industry partnerships, community service and outreach.

Ohio State’s electric motorcycle team, Buckeye Current, was recognized for building strong relationships with partner companies and fostering successful collaboration with the award for Outstanding Partnership with Industry.

Taking home the award for Outstanding Community or University Service was Design for 90. The student project group grew from the Humanitarian Engineering Scholars Program in order to engineer solutions for marginalized community members through their relationship with the Heinzerling Foundation.

The Media Darling Award was presented to ACM-W, the Association of Computing Machinery Women’s Chapter, for their success in sharing their messages and work externally via social media and the traditional media.

The Outstanding Advisor award was presented to Jeffrey Chrstos (left) for his guidance of the Formula Buckeyes SAE race team. The strong and significant engagement of the National Society of Black Engineers and their efforts to promote engineering as a viable career path to hundreds of young students was celebrated with the K-12 Outreach Award.

The Outstanding Advisor award was presented to Jeffrey Chrstos, advisor to the Student Motorsport Teams, for his leadership and guidance offered to Formula Buckeyes SAE race team. His mentorship and support has helped lead the team to success, including a top 10 finish in an international competition last year.

Buckeye engineers contribute to more than 120 College of Engineering Student organizations, including 23 competitive project teams that contribute to promoting the engineering field while enabling students to gain invaluable leadership and practical skills. 

View additional photos of the event on flickr.