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Special Awards

The following scholarships from other funding sources are selected by the respective engineering departments and presented by REA at the End-of-Year Picnic.

Willy Revolution Award

Established by the team that rotated Willy's statue in 1988 and given for innovation and creativity in engineering design. 2016/17 Recipients: "Clot Me Not" (Team Members: Tahir Malik, Stephanie Brener, Radhika Mohan, Nikhil Shampat, Elizabeth Godfrey, Christine Diaz) and "Duncan Float Team" (Team Members: Avery Zaleski, Ethan Jahn, Aida Castillo, Hannah Roberts, Drew Petty)

Buckley-Sartwelle Scholarship

Created by Jack Boyd Buckley CE ’48 and Helen Sartwelle Buckley BA ’44 in memory of their parents, this is awarded to an outstanding junior in mechanical engineering in the amount of $12,000. 2016/17 Recipient: Harrison Lin

R.K.M. “Bob” Dickson Prize

Created by H. deForest Ralph Jr. BA ’55, ChE ’56 in memory of his roommate Bob Dickson ’55, this award recognizes an engineering student whose work benefits society, and is in the amount of $1,800. Not awarded in 2016/17

Hershel M. Rich Outstanding Invention Award

Created in honor of Hershel Rich EE ’45, ME ’47, this award recognizes the best engineering invention. This award is managed by the Dean's Office of the GRBSE. 2016/17 Recipients: Mayan Kumar, Ashok Veeraghavan, Ashutosh Sabharwal

James S. Waters Creativity Award

Created by an anonymous donor in honor of Professor James Waters EE ’17, this award recognizes an engineering undergraduate for creative independent work. This award is managed by the Dean's Office of the GRBSE. 2016/17 Recipients: Helen Little and Irene Hwang

Ralph Budd Medal

1935 Commencement speaker Ralph Budd, a civil engineer and railroad executive, donated his honorarium to Rice for the benefit of students. This award recognizes an outstanding student thesis. This award is managed by the Dean's Office of the GRBSE. 2016/17 Recipient: Jason Holloway

Alan Chapman Award

Created by Susanne BA ’62 and Mel ME ’61 Glasscock in honor of Professor and Dean Alan Chapman ME ’45, this award recognizes an outstanding senior in mechanical engineering. 2016/17 Recipient: Nathan Bucki

Thomas Michael Panos Family Award

Created by siblings Michael ME ’52, ’53 and Effie Panos, this award recognizes a graduating senior who has demonstrated excellence in mechanical engineering. 2016/17 Recipient: Isabelle (Tibbie) Cochran

Harrianna Butler Siebenhausen Award

Created by C. H. Siebenhausen ME ’50 in honor of his wife Harrianna, this award recognizes a married engineering student. This award is managed by the Dean's Office of the GRBSE. 2016/17 Recipient: Andrew Brower

Franz R. and Frances Brotzen Achievement Award

Created by David ME ’58, ’63, PhD ’68 and Patricia Davidson in honor of Professor and Dean Franz Brotzen and his wife Frances, this award recognizes a mechanical engineering and materials science student who has shown exceptional involvement with the university. Not awarded in 2016/17

Engineering Hardhat Volunteer Awards

2016/17 Recipients: Brandi Ransom, Tahir Malik, Ajay Subramanian, Constantine Tzouanas, Alejandro B. Akerlundh