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Outstanding engineering students.

When a student decides to major in engineering, he or she accepts the challenge of becoming one of tomorrow's scientific planners, designers, managers, or builders. No matter the discipline, engineers perform a great service for humanity through vital research and the crafting of structural plans and machinery that increase the quality of human life.

To both inspire and inform our readers about the world of engineering and the quest for such a profession, THE BLACK COLLEGIAN offers a look at a few of the best and brightest engineering students in the nation. These students are excelling in their collegiate careers...they are tomorrow's engineers.

Auzree Kelly Junior, Chemical Engineering Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Auzree Kelly decided early on to become an engineer. When she was in the eighth grade, her math teacher gave her a book on engineering. "I'd always liked chemistry and the book showed a lot of hands-on stuff," Kelly explained, so she began to consider an engineering career.

Kelly studied graphics during her first year of high school, but her love of chemistry kept resurfacing. Confident in her ability to master science, Kelly switched her concentration to chemistry at the Brooklyn Technical High School and majored in chemical engineering during her senior year. Today, the 20-year-old is a junior majoring in chemical engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

A self-starter, Kelly's self-confidence and desire to excel are manifested in her awards and honors and work experience. She's earned a Higher Education Opportunity Scholarship; the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME) Scholarship and Corporate Scholars Award; a National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Most Outstanding Member Award; and a Rensselaer Scholarship, among others. She is a current chapter president of NSBE, a board member of the Black Students' Alliance, and member of the Rensselaer White Key Honor Society.

Kelly's intern experiences include chemical engineering at Air Products & Chemicals, Inc.; the GTE Scholars Internship Program, teaching science to fourth-grade inner city students; and the New York City Department of Transportation. She also knows several computer languages, operating systems, and software applications.

She plans to simultaneously complete her bachelor's degree in chemical engineering and obtain a secondary school teaching certification; then earn a master's and PhD in chemical engineering; and obtain a degree in advertising. Her career goals involve working in industry, teaching, and owning her own business.

Kelly advises fellow students to "realize that engineering is a demanding and difficult curriculum, but also realize that you are not alone. Use your campus resources. Work in groups; teamwork and collaboration are important. Develop your leadership and communication skills. Keep in mind that there are many others who have succeeded...so don't let anyone, not even yourself, tell you that you cannot succeed."

Charles S. Hayes Senior, Electrical Engineering Southern University at Baton Rouge

Charles Hayes, 21, plans to obtain a master's degree in electrical engineering and then pursue a doctorate after graduating this year.

On the fast track to success, Hayes is an honor student and a natural leader. With a 3.9/4.0 GPA, the Southern University A&M senior ranks among the top students of his department; was chosen Most Outstanding Student, Electrical Engineering Department, 1992; elected a member of the Eta Kappa Nu National Engineering Honor Society; selected as a General Motors Scholar two years in a row; and is a T.H. Harris Scholar. He is also a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, Inc., and Circle K.

Hayes must have really impressed the General Motors leadership. Thus far, he has had three consecutive internships with the corporation. His work experiences at GM have included analysis and testing of products.

Hayes' career objective is the practical application of electrical engineering fundamentals within the areas of system analysis/design and telecommunications. He also wants to make advancements in the theories of electrical engineering. After mounting a professional career in industry, he plans to become a college professor.

He thinks students should "enhance their time management skills; understand the fundamentals of their chosen disciplines; develop an interest in all courses; establish working relationships with peers and instructors; and become active within their department, university, and community."

Rhea Andrea Dellimore Senior, Civil Engineering University of California at Berkeley

Rhea Dellimore, 20, is a senior majoring in civil engineering with a minor in architecture at the University of California at Berkeley.

Dellimore, who wants to work as a professional structural engineer before pursuing a doctorate and teaching college students, has been laying the groundwork for her engineering career. Internships at Bechtel Corporation and the Chevron Research and Technology Company provided her with hands-on experience in designing and constructing various structures and systems.

Her awards and honors show a concerted effort to excel and network among her peers and industry professionals, thus setting a blueprint for successful entry into the workforce. Dellimore won a NACME Scholarship; the Black Engineering and Science Students Association (BESSA) Academic Excellence and Outstanding Service Awards; Chevron Minority Outreach Scholarship; Pacific Telesis Scholarship; and a 3M Scholarship. She is also a NSBE Scholar, the current president of the BESSA, and a member of her department's Committee on Affirmative Action, and the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Dellimore would like to start a trend in engineering problem-solving. "I cannot put technology before humanity, but I can combine my respect for people with practical engineering knowledge in order to solve problems that genuinely benefit society."

To fellow students: "The most important quality to have when studying engineering is discipline. No matter how smart you are, you cannot succeed in this field without being dedicated and making some sacrifices."

Winston Williams Senior, Civil Engineering Howard University

At 21, this Howard University senior is seeking an engineering career that focuses on one of America's (and the world's) most pressing concerns--the environment. Winston Williams plans to parlay his civil engineering degree into graduate studies in environmental engineering. "In my graduate work I plan to pioneer some new ways of utilizing the various forms of waste as a source of energy for our everyday needs."

After a 12-year tenure in engineering and obtaining a master's in business administration, "I plan to return home to St. Thomas, U.S, Virgin Islands and start my own engineering firm," he says.

Williams jump-started his career plan by accumulating relative work experiences. Last year he served as an engineering technician at Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission, where he participated in a highway system design, and updated technical documents an engineering technician at the Department of the Interior.

An honor student, Williams has been on the Dean's List for the past three years, received a Faculty Scholarship; the American Society of Civil Engineers President's Award; and the National Collegiate Engineering Award. He is also a U.S. Achievement Academy All American Scholar, and a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and NSBE.

"In order for one to excel in engineering studies, a student must be able to overcome what may seem like insurmountable obstacles. The most important quality that an aspiring engineer should have is perseverance," Williams advises.

Kenya Elise Rambeau Senior, Chemical Engineering Howard University

"Though achievement can be its own reward, I would stress the importance of excellence as a means of opening doors to new opportunities. I would also communicate that being driven to do your best is healthy, but once you have done your best, it's important to relax and enjoy the fruits of your efforts," Kenya Rambeau tells fellow students.

Rambeau, a 22-year-old Howard University senior, majoring in chemical engineering, obviously practices what she preaches. Throughout her collegiate career she has focused on excelling academically. In addition to a current GPA of 3.72/4.0, Rambeau has been on the Dean's List since her freshman year. She has won the Howard University National Competitive Scholarship, a GEM Fellowship at Merck, the Most Outstanding Junior in Chemical Engineering, Howard University, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and the Frank J. Manley Scholarship.

She is also a member of the Golden Key Honor Society; Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, President; Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., vice president, Alpha Chapter; American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and NSBE.

Rambeau's three internships with General Motors, and one with the Marathon Oil Company, provided on-the-job experience in sales, designing, plant engineering, and operations research. She has also learned several computer languages and applications.

"I want to identify economic means to reduce the air pollution that plagues our inner cities, and consequently our people," she says of her educational objective of obtaining a doctorate in chemical engineering with a concentration in environmental research.

Rambeau also wants to teach college and "increase the number of women entering the sciences."

Clayton Alves II Senior, Mechanical Engineering Vanderbilt University

Clayton Alves II, 21, a senior majoring in mechanical engineering at Vanderbilt University, wants to help develop a more efficient means of energy conversion. "I feel that the mechanical engineering discipline can make great contributions to saving the environment."

Alves began preparing himself for a career in mechanical engineering through internships with Hoechst Celanese Clear Lake Plant, where he designed containment tanks, piping systems, and research equipment and conducted experiments at the Engineering Research Center, University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Along the way he picked up a couple of awards, the National Society of Black Engineers Fellows Award, and the Gertrude Award, and began building a network of peers and mentors. He is the current academic co-chair of the National Society of Black Engineers and a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers.

"My goals include obtaining bachelor's and master's degrees in engineering and a master's in business administration. I hope to start my own business and recruit others in helping me to emphasize achievement among youth," Alves says.

"I would advise fellow students to do their best in their studies. Sacrifices are required, but it is worth it in the end."

Christopher A. Jethrow Junior, Mechanical Engineering Case Western Reserve University

As a Case Western Reserve University junior majoring in mechanical engineering, Christopher Jethrow, 20, continues the pattern of academic excellence he began in high school. The valedictorian of his class with a 4.0/4.0 GPA, Jethrow graduated from the Bedford Senior High School with honors in math, science, English, and history.

Since he's been at Case Western he has been on the Dean's High Honors List, a Presidential Scholar, a General Electric Scholar, a NACME Scholar, a member of the National Honors Society for two years, named Outstanding Minority in Engineering, and is the recipient of the American Legion School Award.

A generous individual, Jethrow shares his academic prowess with his peers. Recently, he became a learning assistant for the university. In that role he is a resident academic specialist trained to assist students with academic concerns and problems. He also tutors students in math and science courses for Educational Support Services.

When he's not pursuing academics, he finds time to devote to the Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, NSBE, and the African American Society.

Jethrow's work experience includes summer stints as a manufacturing process engineer and a supplier quality engineer for the General Electric Medical Systems. He also spent a year working as a lab assistant in Case Western Reserve's Material Science Lab, where he prepared samples to be taken in a space shuttle.

Jethrow's educational goal is to obtain a PhD in mechanical engineering become a professor at a university. In the long-term, Jethrow wants to be able to provide the best for his family and friends, and to be active in the community by helping "underprivileged people to reach their maximum level of independence."

"I would like to help everyone in my discipline see the potential in minority students because I was often told that I could not make it because I am a minority.

"I want to tell fellow students not to give in to the pressure from others to quit. Strive to do your best and not compromise your values."

Calvin Mackie PhD Candidate, Mechanical Engineering Georgia Institute of Technology

"After obtaining the PhD degree, I plan to pursue a career in academia because the profession presents the opportunity to couple two interests: research and teaching. I plan to conduct research in the areas of materials and fluid mechanics. Moreover, I consider becoming a researcher as my career choice and teaching as an obligation that comes with the degree," Calvin Mackie explains.

Mackie, a 25-year-old PhD candidate in mechanical engineering specializing in fluids and materials at Georgia Institute of Technology, previously earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Georgia Tech and a bachelor's in mathematics from Morehouse College, where he graduated magnum cum laude.

The current recipient of a National Science Foundation Fellowship and Georgia Tech-OMED 91-92 Graduate Student of the Year, Mackie's past honors include a AT&T Bell Laboratory Dual Degree Scholarship, Proctor & Gamble Technical Excellence Award, General Electric Foundation Fellowship, and the Georgia Tech Presidential Fellowship.

Continuing his commitment to academic excellence, Mackie is a member of the Tau Beta Pi National Engineering Honor Society, Pi Tau Sigma National Mechanical Engineering Honor Society, Pi Mu Epsilon Mathematics National Honor Fraternity, and the Beta Kappa Chi National Scientific Honor Society. He is also the president of the Georgia Tech Black Graduate Student Association, GT Executive Round Table, an NTA and NSBE member, and a participant in the High School Outreach Program.

Mackie is firmly entrenched in his career choice already. For the past three years he has been an instructor of mathematics, including intermediate algebra and pre-calculus, at Morehouse College. He has also tutored students in engineering graphics at Atlanta University Center Dual Degree Engineering Program. Other work experiences include summer internships with AT&T Bell Laboratories, where he did thermal testing on minicomputers; Hoechst Celanese Corporation, where he did product research; and Celanese Fibers Operations, where he did product testing.

"This country needs quality trained people on all ends: engineering and business. I submit that as a researcher and professor I can and will play a major role in the development of the future of the engineering education and industry in this country. By investigating necessary strategies and technologies, I hope to provide the nation with the necessary human capital to complement ever-changing technology," he adds.

Mackie advises students that: "Succeeding in engineering is based upon two factors: confidence and determination. Anyone who is serious about excelling must learn to persevere. Spiritually, physically and psychologically, you must be very strong and determined."

Hugh Thomas Jr. Junior, Electrical Engineering Alabama A&M University

A junior majoring in electrical engineering at Alabama A&M University, and in the dual degree program with Georgia Tech, Hugh Thomas, 20, wants to "make better products for mankind."

A scholar-athlete, Thomas maintains a 3.7 GPA in his major while playing on Alabama A&M's football and track teams. Among his honors, Thomas earned a full scholarship to Alabama A&M after graduating in the top ten of his high school class. He is on the National Dean's List, cited in Who's Who Among America's Athletes, an Alabama A&M Presidential Scholar, and he also won the Alabama A&M Leadership Award, Toyota Leadership Award, and the U.S. Army Reserve National Scholar/Athlete Award.

Thomas' work experiences include summer internships at LTV Steel company and at the Georgia Power Company.

He plans to obtain bachelor's and master's degree in electrical engineering. "My main goal is to graduate and do the best of my ability at any task that is set upon me. I would like to become a positive influence in my community. In engineering, I want to contribute my hard work ethic, my teaching skills, my time dedication, and my leadership qualities in order to help make better products for mankind."

Students should know, "You have to manage your time wisely, be attentive in class, not be afraid to ask for help, and have the desire to learn. These are just a few ingredients for excelling."

Ronald E. Scott Senior, Electrical Engineering University of the District of Columbia

Ronald E. Scott, 33, is a telecommunications maintenance supervisor who is also a senior majoring in electrical engineering at the University of the District of Columbia.

Already proficient in voice system design, implementation and management, and the installation, maintenance, and configuration of telecommunications equipment, Scott's wants to ultimately "advance the uses of telecommunications technology to increase the productivity of business and to help formulate policies that would encourage investment in new telecommunication technologies and services."

Among his awards, are a PEPCO Academic Scholarship, and an Academic Achievement Award for graduating at the top of his class from the electronic engineering technology program. He is a member of both the IEEE and NSBE.

After completing his undergraduate degree, Scott will pursue a master's in telecommunications. In the interim, he wants to secure a job developing telecommunications products and services. "I would like to work for a multinational consulting firm which specializes in large-scale network design and implementation."

Scott suggests that students "build a strong foundation in math and science, get to know their professors, and form study groups."

Jeffrey A. Carroll Senior, Mechanical Engineering Illinois Institute of Technology

Jeffrey Carroll has his career plan mapped out: complete a BSME in December 1993, begin pursuit of a J.D. in intellectual properties by 1995, begin concurrent pursuit of MBA in 1995. "I plan to work in industry after graduating in 1993," Carroll, 27, a senior majoring in mechanical engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology, explains.

"I intend to remain in a corporate setting long enough to understand the ins and outs of business. Later, I will begin my own business and use it to help develop young African-American professionals."

When not attending classes, Carroll tutors engineering students in math, physics, and statics at Chicago State University. He is also the president of the Student National Technical Association, IIT Chapter, NSBE, chairman, public relations, IIT Chapter, and he is on the DuPage Area Engineers' Week Program Steering Committee.

Carroll's awards included 1st Award Engineering Statics Bridge Building Contest and the NSBE Outstanding Service Award. His work experiences include an internship as a technician with the Illinois Department of Transportation, and two years as a training specialist with Carson Pirie Scott and Co.

"My advice to fellow students about excelling in engineering studies is to make sure you develop a very firm foundation in the core classes given within the first two years of the program. This will allow you the flexibility to choose almost any avenue you wish to pursue. Always expose yourself to an environment outside of your classes; this will make you well-rounded. My final word of advice is to make the Lord your only true professor, and everything else will be a lot easier."
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Title Annotation:Engineering
Author:Campbell-Rock, C.C.
Publication:The Black Collegian
Date:Jan 1, 1993
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