Engineering majors well represented in cohort of graduating honors students

The College of Engineering and Engineering Technology was well represented at an event recognizing graduating university honors students, as 10 of the 34 students recognized are graduating this month with engineering degrees.

The University Honors Program offers students of high academic promise and achievement the opportunity to chart their path, recognizing them with three levels of distinction. Students who complete 15 semester hours of university honors courses with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 are awarded the distinction of Lower Division Honors. Students who complete 12 semester hours of upper-division university honors courses with a minimum GPA of 3.20 are awarded Upper Division Honors. And students who complete the criteria for both Upper Division and Lower Division Honors with a minimum GPA of 3.20 receive University Honors.

Seven of the 18 recipients of Lower Division Honors are engineering students: Zachary Eckhardt (Elburn, IL), Holly Marie Hagemann (South Elgin, IL), Joseph Shaffer (Woodstock, IL) and Evan Weiss (Sussex, WI) from the Department of Electrical Engineering and Yan Cao (DeKalb, IL), Edgar Fajardo (Carol Stream, IL) and Alejandro Martinez (Chicago, IL) from the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Electrical Engineering had more students receive Lower Division Honors than any other single department.

John Kloos (Belvidere, IL) and Sagar Shah (Mount Prospect, IL), both from the Department of Electrical Engineering, were among the eight students receiving Upper Division Honors.

Only eight students completed the rigorous requirements to graduate with University Honors. Among them was Florise Calash (Elk Grove Village, IL) from the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering.

The College of Engineering and Engineering Technology is proud of the hard work of all these exceptional students.

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