(from left): Lauren Schwartz, Mary Buckingham, Kara Love, Kaitlin Roelofs, Jose Anhalzer, Kevin Davenport

National scholarships for ISE undergraduate students
(from left): Lauren Schwartz, Mary Buckingham, Kara Love, Kaitlin Roelofs, Jose Anhalzer, Kevin Davenport

Two ISE rising seniors were awarded national scholarships from the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE) this spring.

Lauren Schwartz received the Harold & Inge Marcus Scholarship from IISE.  According to the IISE website, this award is intended to recognize academic excellence and noteworthy contribution to the development of the industrial engineering profession. Lauren is one of five recipients of the scholarship for the academic year 2016-17.  She is Vice President of Professional Development for IISE at Virginia Tech, and is a member of Alpha Pi Mu (IE honor society), the College of Engineering Dean’s Team, and the ISE Ambassadors.

Mary Buckingham was awarded the Dwight D. Gardner Scholarship from IISE.  This scholarship was given to only three undergraduate students in an industrial engineering program in the US, Canada, and Mexico.  In addition to her high academic performance, Mary also has leadership experience in multiple student organizations.  She was the chair of the Torgersen Leadership Summit in 2016-17 and the associate chair the previous year, and a member of the Six Sigma Green Belt Committee in 2014-15, all as part of the Virginia Tech IISE student chapter.  She was elected president of VT IISE in April 2017.  She is also an Associate of the Consulting Group at VT and member of ISE Ambassadors.  Recently, she and two other students were named the Robert P. Davis Outstanding Juniors in the ISE Department.

Two ISE undergraduate students received national scholarships from Alpha Pi Mu, the national industrial engineering honor society.

Kara Love was awarded the Wolter J. Fabrycky Systems Scholarship from APM.  Kara earned a dual degree in ISE and Computer Science with a minor in business.  She has served as the treasurer of APM and contributed to the social outreach committee of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE).  In partnership with SAIC, she led an interdisciplinary team of five students as they conducted research on more efficient ways to gather intelligence.  She also served as a Gateway Mentor for entering freshmen at Virginia Tech.  It’s interesting to note that Wolter Fabrycky, Ph.D., is professor emeritus of our department.

Kaitlin Roelofs was awarded the Robert D. Dryden Scholarship from APM. Kaitlin earned her degree in ISE with a minor in Business, and was active in the Honors College. She served as the vice-president of APM and the documentation and marketing committee chair for the ISE Ambassadors. In addition, Kaitlin has served as a peer educator for the Honors College and a peer mentor for the Hypatia Living Learning Community. Kaitlin conducted undergraduate research with Dr. Alejandro Salado and has studied abroad in Munster, Germany.  The award is named for the late Robert Dryden, Ph.D., a former professor and chair of our department.

Two more undergraduate students from ISE were awarded scholarships from the Material Handling Education Foundation, Inc. (MHEFI) for the 2017-18 academic year. 

Jose Anhalzer was selected to receive the Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association Honor Scholarship for his high academic performance.  He is a senior in ISE, and has an internship with Pepsico at the Gatorade facility in Wytheville, VA this summer.

Kevin Davenport, a rising junior in ISE, was selected to receive the Howard Bernstein Scholarship, sponsored by six organizations via MHEFI.  He has been a mentor and upper-class leader for ​​Galileo (a living learning community for males in engineering). He also served as a member of the finance committee for IISE and the fundraising committee for the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE).  This summer, he is an intern for U.S. Smokeless Tobacco (a part of the Altria group) in Nashville, TN, working on logistics problems in the shipping and receiving department.