NAU President’s Prize, Commencement Speaker, & Salutatorian Profile

Five graduating seniors have been selected as the spring 2017 Northern Arizona University President’s Prize winners. Among the recipients is Tau Bate Amanda K. Crawford, AZ G 2017, a mechanical engineering major. She joined Tau Beta Pi and soon became the AZ Gamma chapter president where she has helped to rebuild the chapter.

Her involvement with Tau Beta Pi on campus has encouraged her to stay as a mentor to students following in her footsteps and she is now an advisor to the AZ Gamma chapter. In addition, Crawford is a member of Blue Key Honor Society where she participates in a weekly service project. Read the article for more biographical details, including her plans to pursue a master’s degree in systems and controls engineering.


Former NASA astronaut Mary L. Cleave, Ph.D., P.E. (UT G ’79), will deliver the commencement address at the Colorado State University (CSU) College of Natural Sciences ceremony on Saturday, May 13. Dr. Cleave earned her degree in biological science from CSU in 1969. She received a Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering before joining NASA.

Dr. Cleave flew on two Space Shuttle Atlantis flights as a mission specialist. For more information, read the news announcement.


José Alberto Suárez, IN G 2017, has been named the salutatorian of the 2017 University of Notre Dame graduating class. Suárez is graduating with a degree in computer science and engineering, has a 4.00 cumulative grade point average, and will offer the Commencement invocation.

According to the news article, he will work for McKinsey & Company as a business analyst after graduation. In his time as an undergraduate he served as president of the Student International Business Council and engaged in two international experiences.


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