Florida Tech Student Earns Outstanding Senior Award

MELBOURNE, FLA.—At Florida Tech’s annual Honors Convocation, Matthew Herdiech earned the 2008 Donald R. Mason Award. It is presented annually to the outstanding senior in the Department of Chemical Engineering. Through the fall 2007 semester, Herdiech achieved a grade point average of 3.95, out of a possible 4.0.

He has also received numerous awards including the 2007 Florida Tech Outstanding Junior of the Year. He was president of the student chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, 2006-2007, and captain of the Florida Tech team that participated in the national ChemE-Car competition, an alternative fuel design project, in San Francisco in 2006 and Salt Lake City in 2007. He took part in Summer Research Experience for Undergraduate programs at Dartmouth College in summer 2006 and Yale University in summer 2007.

Graduating in May, Herdiech will pursue doctoral studies in chemical engineering at Yale University this fall.

PHOTO: Paul Jennings, head of the Florida Tech Department of Chemical Engineering, presents the Donald R. Mason Award to Matthew Herdiech, outstanding senior in the department.

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