Making News, October 2014

Daniel R. Ferriell, OH X 2015, was one of eight students to receive the 2014 Provost’s Student Academic Achievement Award for “outstanding contributions to Miami University’s intellectual environment. The recipients were selected based on nominations from Miami faculty. The award is given annually to students who have completed their third year at Miami and achieved academic excellence while making sustained and significant contributions to the intellectual climate of a department, an academic division or the campus. Students are awarded a $1,000 scholarship and certificate of recognition.”

Ferriell was cited for conducting research in tissue engineering, being the president of the Ohio Xi Chapter of Tau Beta Pi, being selected for the Leadership Institute, and completing internships at Georgia Pacific and Bullen Ultrasonic. He is also active in intramural sports and volunteers for Feed My Starving Children on campus. He plans to graduate in 2015 with a degree in chemical engineering, minors in mathematics and paper engineering, and hails from Eaton, Ohio.


A recent story from NPR, examines the ascent of Frances H. Arnold, Ph.D. (NJ D ’79), and her advice for other women looking for success in science. Dr. Arnold currently heads the Bioengineering Center at Caltech where she is also a chemical engineering professor. She has been recognized with the 2011 Draper Prize, a 2011 National Medal of Technology and Innovation, and she has been elected to all three National Academies of the United States. Her advice to her students is to “move forward and ignore skeptics.”

One of Dr. Arnold’s Ph.D. students Nikki Peck, CA W ’12, was also interviewed for the story. She is not sure that she has that same “Lean In!” attitude. She is currently taking a year off from her graduate studies to work for Calico, Google’s new life-extension company. Click here to read the full story and for more advice on how to be successful in STEM


The Ohio State University (OSU) College of Engineering recently honored 15 alumni at the 17th Annual Excellence in Engineering and Architecture Alumni Awards ceremony. The event “honors alumni for extraordinary personal achievements, outstanding contributions to the fields of engineering and architecture, and remarkable service to the college.” See the full list of the 2014 recipients with short bios.

Robert (Bob) E. Lee, OH G ’78, received the Benjamin G. Lamme Medal for meritorious achievement in advancing engineering. He is currently VP of Engines, Electrified Propulsion, and Advance Powertrain Engineering at the Chrysler Group LLC. He received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from OSU, received the OSU Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2004, and serves as a senior member of the OSU Center for Automotive Research’s Industrial Advisory Board.


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