Electrical engineering graduate Ross Yeager is the School's 2012 Valedictorian. He will begin his graduate education at UC Berkeley this fall.

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2012 Senior Awards Announced

Apr 12, 2012

The School of Engineering and Computer Science is pleased to announce its graduate awards for 2012. Students will be recognized at the annual Senior Awards Banquet on April 28.

Valedictorian - Ross Yeager
Ross Yeager finished his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering last semester. As an undergraduate, Ross served as President of the Association of Engineering Students, Student Director of the Heyborne Leadership Academy, and a tutor for the School. He also served as a Student Advisor and attended the Clinton Global Initiative University with a team of Pacific students. He is the recipient of numerous scholarships, including the Engineers' Club of Stockton Scholarship, Thomas J. Long Scholarship, and the American Council of Engineering Companies Scholarship. Ross is also the recipient of this year's Academic Achievement in Electrical Engineering award.

He is completing a five-month internship with Engineering Ministries International (EMI) in Colorado Springs, CO. EMI is a non-profit engineering firm that provides engineering services to developing countries. Ross spent three weeks in Sierra Leone, where EMI supported Mercy Ships to conduct facility assessments and make system improvement recommendations for hospital sites. Ross assisted on all categories of assessment, compiling and completing the formal report back here in the states at the Colorado Springs headquarters.

Ross will spend the summer with Maxim Integrated Products, where he has worked the past four summers for his co-op as a Technical Intern in the firmware, analog, and digital sectors. He will begin his graduate education at UC Berkeley this fall, studying Communications and Signal Processing in the Masters of Engineering program.

Outstanding SOECS Graduate - Kristina Hammarstrom
The Outstanding SOECS Graduate is chosen by faculty members and encompasses all possible aspects of accomplishment, such as academic achievement, extra-curricular activities, and overcoming disadvantages. This year's Outstanding SOECS Graduate Kristina Hammarstrom has excelled in numerous areas, from participation in athletics and professional societies to achievements in various scholarships and technical teams.

Kristina is graduating from the School's blended masters program this May, receiving her bachelor's in Engineering Management and her master's in Engineering Science with a concentration in Mechanical Engineering. After graduating, Kristina will begin Nestlé's Operation's Management Training (OMT) program, a five-year rotational program that seeks to develop high-caliber candidates for management within Nestle USA. The program was designed with the full support of the Seniors Operations Management Team at Nestle and will consist of three rotations within Nestle Operations that are unique and support specific areas within Nestle Operations, factories, and corporate offices.

She has served as the President of the Society of Women Engineers, President of Tau Beta Pi, SWE Tech Team leader, co-chair of the SWE Regional Conference, and Operations Manager for the Student Investment Fund at the Eberhardt School of Business. She was a 2010 Global Ambassador and worked with the Cheetah Conservation Fund in Namibia.
Kristina was also a member of Pacific's Division I women's cross country team and holds the current school record for the 5K race. She is also the School's Scholar Laureate, which is awarded to students who play a minimum of two years on one of Pacific's Division I athletic teams and graduates with a minimum 3.5 GPA.

Academic Excellence - The Academic Excellence award is voted on by respective faculty to a student with high academic achievement.
Bioengineering-Evan Angeli
Civil Engineering-Thanh Do Ngoc
Computer Engineering-Nicholas Yuen
Computer Science-Thomas Mendoza
Electrical Engineering-Ross Yeager
Engineering Management-Kristina Hammarstrom
Mechanical Engineering-Steven Barry

Outstanding Graduate - The Outstanding Graduate award is voted upon by respective faculty and takes into account all possible aspects of achievement, such as academic achievement, extra-curricular activities, overcoming disadvantages, participation in professional societies, and more.
Bioengineering-Tyler Chuang
Civil Engineering-Caroline Grant
Computer Engineering-Brandon Shields
Computer Science-Kathryn Crader
Electrical Engineering-Caroline Doza
Engineering Management-Sean Daley
Mechanical Engineering-Craig Burton

Outstanding Co-op-Joseph Hasekamp
The Outstanding Co-op award is selected by the Co-op Office staff and is awarded to a student with excellent performance and an impressive experience at their co-op.

Scholar Athlete Laureate-Kristina Hammarstrom
Scholar Athlete Laureates are graduates who played a minimum of two years on one of Pacific's Division I athletic teams and graduates with a 3.5 GPA or above.