Florida Tech Student Earns Chemical Engineering Award

 MELBOURNE, FLA.—At Florida Institute of Technology’s annual Honors Convocation, Michelle Congdon earned the 2009 Donald R. Mason Award. It is presented annually to the outstanding senior in the Department of Chemical Engineering. Congdon, who graduated in May, received faculty honors at commencement for her 4.0, or perfect, grade point average.

Her numerous Florida Tech honors and awards include placement on the Dean’s List and receiving a Florida Tech Trustee Scholarship all four years.

Her undergraduate activities include membership in the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society and Phi Eta Sigma National Academic Society as well as student chapter and national memberships in the American Institute of chemical Engineers (AIChe). She was also secretary of the student chapter in her senior year and was on the AIChE student Chem E Car team, 2006-2007. She is a member of the Order of Omega Greek Honor Society, participated in the Brevard Heart Walk for the American Heart Association and played intramural soccer, volleyball and football.

She participated in undergraduate research, including work on a scanning tunneling microscopy project at Florida Tech and in methanol fuel cell studies at the University of South Carolina, Columbia.

Congdon will soon start an engineering position with the Department of the Navy in Yorktown, Va.

A resident of Gainesville, Fla., Congdon graduated from F.W. Buchholz High School in 2005.

PHOTO: Paul Jennings, head of the Department of chemical Engineering, presents the award to Michelle Congdon.

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