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Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Welcome graduates, families, staff, and faculty! We are pleased to be celebrating the bachelor’s degree candidates in the Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. This year we have 411 graduates in seven academic departments and programs. Until our in-person ceremony can take place, this website will recognize the many achievements of the class of 2020. Meliora!

Prize Winners

The Hajim School is pleased to announce the following school-wide prize winners. Departmental prizes will be announced at a later date.

Charles L. Newton Prize, recognizing engineering students who show a special proficiency in an engineering subject and have conducted research, given a presentation or published a paper:

  • Logan Bashford, mechanical engineering
  • George Klimiashvili, electrical and computer engineering
  • Aime Laurent Twizerimana, chemical engineering

Donald M. Barnard Prize, awarded to junior or senior engineering students on the basis of personal qualification and achievement:

  • Arjun Ashok, biomedical engineering
  • Noah Chartier, mechanical engineering
  • Jake Gilman, biomedical engineering
  • Maxwell Kearns, chemical engineering
  • Jacob Melchi, audio and music engineering
  • Charles Patterson, biomedical engineering
  • Hao Yin, mechanical engineering
  • Jiacheng Zhao, optical engineering

G. Harold Hook Prize, presented to students who have demonstrated outstanding interest in engineering:

  • Tresa Elias, biomedical engineering
  • Elana Antoine, optics

Richard Eisenberg Engineering Award, which recognizes hard-working undergraduates with an interest in metallurgy:

  • Bianca Dyer, chemical engineering

Robert L. Wells Prize
  • Nathan Nickerson, mechanical engineering
  • Melissa Wen, computer science
  • Jarrod Young, computer science

Tau Beta Pi Prize
  • Katherine Korslund, mechanical engineering
  • Kathleen Desmond, mechanical engineering

Departmental Receptions and Celebrations

Many departments and programs are hosting live celebrations for students and their families. Listed below is information as known at the time of publication. Please contact departments individually for the most updated information.

  • Biomedical engineering: Friday, May 15, 3 p.m.
  • Computer science: Friday, May 15, 3 p.m.
  • Mechanical engineering: Saturday, May 16, 1 p.m.
  • Institute of Optics: Saturday, May 23, 9 p.m.

Senior Design

Seniors in the Hajim School departments and programs as well as students in data science and the Medical Technology and Innovation masters degree program can showcase projects at the annual Design Day. Explore the Design Day projects by program or topic.

Recognizing Students’ Accomplishments

Many students have participated in additional programs throughout their time at Rochester, deserving special recognition.

Order of the Engineer

The University of Rochester is home to the Meliora Link of the Order of the Engineer, an honor society that fosters pride and responsibility in the engineering profession. Students graduating from ABET-accredited programs are eligible to join. Inductees are given a stainless-steel ring, worn as a visible symbol identifying themselves as engineers. Due to planning logistics, the May 2020 ceremony has been canceled, and an in-person induction ceremony will be planned at a later date. For further information, please contact

Keep in touch!

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