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2015 Student Awards

Student Awards Banquet ~ June 12, 2015

Photos by Bill Goloski

Commencement speakers

ETM Commencement Speaker:

Thyanna Voisine

Thyanna Voisine graduates with a Bachelor of Science in Software Engineering and minors in Applied Mathematics and Technical Communication. She has completed program projects that include a small Windows application that allows the mentally handicapped to watch recipe videos and as an expansion on that project, a system that allows guardians to create a KitchenAid that fits the needs of those they care for.

Thyanna has been part of ASOIT, The Edge, Honors Society, Computer Software Engineering Technology (CSET) Ambassadors, Engineering Ambassadors, and promoting engineering within the community through robotics events. She also participated on the Woman’s Rugby Team and the Oregon Tech Cheer Team.

While Thyanna will soon be joining Intel as a FreeBSD driver developer, her ultimate goal is to work for Ekso Bionics. The company pursues her interest in developing exoskeletons for the physically disabled, which has been one of her motivations to complete her degree.

HAS Commencement Speaker:

Dylan Rogers

Dylan Rogers graduates with a Bachelor of Science in Biology-Health Science degree while also working tirelessly on the baseball diamond. As part of the Oregon Tech Baseball team, Dylan has spent four years on the team and the last two as Team Captain. He is among Oregon Tech’s impressive NAIA scholar athletes who maintain a high GPA of 3.5 or more.

Between time dedicated to his studies and athletics, Dylan has volunteered with the Children’s Miracle Network, Klamath Basin Youth Without Borders, Citizens for Safe Schools, and is a Teaching Assistant for Human Anatomy & Physiology and an Advisory Council Member for Athletics.

With completion of his Bachelor of Science in Biology-Health Sciences and minors in Chemistry and Medical Sociology, Dylan was accepted into medical school at Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific‐Northwest, which he will begin June 2015.


Owens-Citizenship-Award

Owens Citizenship Award:

Daniel King (not pictured)

Daniel King completed his Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences with minors in Applied Mathematics and Sustainability in December 2014. As part of his senior thesis, Daniel partnered with and volunteered for the BLM to study and compare spatial and temporal dynamics of water quality and nutrients in the Wood River Wetland and Agency Lake.

Daniel is the first student to earn a minor in sustainability; was a travel team member and health and safety officer on the 2014 Engineers Without Borders service trip to Hanga, Tanzania and recently completed a volunteer service trip building a science lab for a non-profit boarding school for Mayan children in the rural NW Guatemalan highlands.

Daniel’s future plans include continuing international travel aimed at helping less fortunate populations.


Most dedicated student award

Most Dedicated Student Award:

Miranda Barrus

Miranda Barrus will graduate in 2016 with a co-terminal Bachelor and Master of Science in Civil Engineering. She has maintained a presence on the Dean’s or President’s list since 2008 and has been awarded numerous scholarships for her studies.

Miranda has completed two Civil Engineering Cooperative Program six-month internships with Portland Bureau of Transportation and OBEC Consulting Engineers and is currently a teaching assistant in the Civil Engineering Department.

While Miranda originally pursued a degree in Mechanical Engineering, she came back from a two-year hiatus of various international service work to begin her studies again in the Civil Engineering program with the intention of becoming an engineer and continuing mission work.


Student Achievement award

Student Achievement Award:

Thyanna Voisine

Thyanna Voisine graduates with a Bachelor of Science in Software Engineering and minors in Applied Mathematics and Technical Communication. She has completed program projects that include a small Windows application that allows the mentally handicapped to watch recipe videos and as an expansion on that project, a system that allows guardians to create a KitchenAid that fits the needs of those they care for.

Thyanna has been part of ASOIT, The Edge, Honors Society, Computer Software Engineering Technology (CSET) Ambassadors, Engineering Ambassadors, and promoting engineering within the community through robotics events. She also participated on the Woman’s Rugby Team and the Oregon Tech Cheer Team.

While Thyanna will soon be joining Intel as a FreeBSD driver developer, her ultimate goal is to work for Ekso Bionics. The company pursues her interest in developing exoskeletons for the physically disabled, which has been one of her motivations to complete her degree.


Outstanding Non-Traditional Student Award:

Michelle Kantor, Wilsonville (not pictured)

Michelle Kantor graduates with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the Wilsonville campus, which she has been working towards for 9 years. She began her studies as a literature student at a community college, and discovered a love of math and engineering that led her to Oregon Tech. Michelle has spent three years as IEEE club secretary and spoke on behalf of Oregon Tech at the Oregon Business Summit, and served as Librarian’s Assistant and Student Ambassador.

Michelle works full-time as Test Automation Engineering Intern at Intel Corporation and after graduation, will be moving with her family to Colorado to begin her job as Solid State Drive Firmware Design Engineer with Intel.


Hiram M. Hunt award

Hiram M. Hunt Award:

Cody Bulkley

Cody Bulkley graduates with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering Technology and a Bachelor of Science in Embedded Systems Engineering Technology. He has appeared on the President’s and Dean’s list multiple times and completed two senior projects for his concurrent majors.

Both senior projects were for the Formula SAE race car, of which he is the current club president. His Computer Engineering project was a display system mounted in the steering wheel of the car and his Embedded Systems project was an active Aerodynamics system to open and close the wing on the formula car based on what the car is doing and a lap timing system for the car.

Upon graduation, Cody will be working for General Motors as an Embedded Systems Engineer.


Outstanding Community Service awardOutstanding Community Service Award:

Earl Matthews

Earl Matthews will graduate in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering. Earl was the recipient of the Byron Jones Scholarship presented by the Oregon Section President of the American Society of Civil Engineering’s (ASCE). He was acknowledged for being actively involved in engineering education and coordinating ASCE activities.

Earl was a key player in the coordination of students events held during Engineers Week. He worked closely with the President of ASOIT to collaborate and host a successful Bowling Night at the Epicenter and Broomball and the Running Y Ice Rink.

Earl has been very active with community and campus service since his arrival to Oregon Tech, including Highway 97 clean-up, outreach to local elementary and middle school talks, the West Point Bride Design Competition, Mathcounts, and the construction of three 10’ x 20’ greenhouses for a USDA funded research project to alleviate food deserts.


Outstanding Student Veteran award

Outstanding Student Veteran Award:

Tyler Pinson

Tyler Pinson will graduate in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. Tyler has served in the Air Force for five years, has been part of the Oregon Tech Veterans Association for three years and is the current Student Director.

As Director, Tyler has coordinated sending 23 boxes of donations overseas to veterans in Afghanistan, brought services from the DAV and Klamath County Veterans Service Office to assist vets on campus, and is currently raising money for the Veterans Enrichment Center to help the homeless veterans of Klamath County.

Tyler serves as a Senior Airman (E-4) in the Oregon Air National Guard and utilizes his contacts within the Air Guard to further both his individual and association efforts in Oregon Tech’s academic and adjacent communities.


Oregon Tech Pride Award

Oregon Tech Pride Award:

Justin Millar

Justin Millar will graduate in 2016 with a co-terminal Bachelor and Master of Science in Civil Engineering. He has appeared on the President’s list with a 3.84 GPA and received the CRC Press General Chemistry Achievement Award and Star Achievement Award honoring workforce excellence from the Bureau of Land Management.

Justin recently led his team to the university’s first-ever win at the November 2014 Oregon ITE William C. Kloos Traffic Bowl, besting six other teams representing universities from Oregon and Washington including University of Washington and Portland State University. He was recently elected captain of the 2015 ITE Traffic Bowl Team and will soon begin the work of preparing his team to defend the 2014 title.


ETM President’s Senior Cup

ETM President’s Senior Cup:

Lindsey McDonald

Lindsey McDonald graduates with a co-terminal Bachelor and Master of Science in Civil Engineering. Lindsey has maintained honor roll status throughout her five-year college career, was appointed as a founding officer for the Omicron Iota Tau Engineering Honor Society by the Civil Engineering Department Chair, and was in the inaugural class for the Civil Engineering master’s program at Oregon Tech.

She coordinated many events for the American Society of Civil Engineering, is active in the Institute of Transportation Engineers, and has attended many professional conferences.

Lindsey also received the 2014 Most Dedicated Student Award, and has signed a contract to work as a roadway designer for the Region 5 ODOT office, headquartered in La Grande, OR upon graduation.


HAS President’s Senior Cup

HAS President’s Senior Cup:

Daniel King

Daniel King completed his Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences with minors in Applied Mathematics and Sustainability in December 2014. As part of his senior thesis, Daniel partnered with and volunteered for the BLM to study and compare spatial and temporal dynamics of water quality and nutrients in the Wood River Wetland and Agency Lake.

Daniel is the first student to earn a minor in sustainability; was a travel team member and health and safety officer on the 2014 Engineers Without Borders service trip to Hanga, Tanzania and recently completed a volunteer service trip building a science lab for a non-profit boarding school for Mayan children in the rural NW Guatemalan highlands.

Daniel’s future plans include continuing international travel aimed at helping less fortunate populations.


ETM-HAS President’s Senior Cup

ETM & HAS President’s Senior Cup:

Megan Morse

Megan Morse graduates with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics and a Bachelor of Science in Renewable Energy Engineering. She currently has a 4.0 GPA and has been on the honor roll for five years. Megan was the first student from Oregon Tech to attend the annual meeting of the Jefferson State Mathematics Congress and took every elective that she could fit into her schedule including Complex Analysis, Abstract Algebra, and Mathematical Statistics.

Megan loves to research new ideas in biofuels and biosynergistic sources of energy. She has been working on pertinent projects that gave her experience with these ideas, in her own green chemistry biodiesel project, on the local algae farm, Allen Farms, and as an intern at the Savannah River National Lab. She hopes to use these skills to remedy the eutrophic state of midwestern lakes and address energy security problems in America, developing processes to remove the algae from the lakes and using it for fuel. She is also active in other areas at school such as math tutoring and working for the Oregon Renewable Energy Centre (OREC) on energy projects.


Outstanding Scholars:

Outstanding Scholars - ETM

College of Engineering, Technology, and Management (ETM)

Lindsey McDonald, Civil Engineering
Brenden Minor, Computer Engineering Technology
Andrew Moser, Electrical Engineering
Kelvin McDonald, Embedded Systems Engineering Technology
Amanda Chamberlin, Information Technology
Uyen A, Management
Adam Harvey, Manufacturing Engineering Technology
Quinton Weaver, Mechanical Engineering
Keenan Shigematsu, Mechanical Engineering Technology
Adam Knighten, Operations Management
Megan Morse, Renewable Energy Engineering
Dylan Schultz, Software Engineering Technology

Outstanding Scholars - HAS

College of Health, Arts, and Sciences (HAS)

Megan Morse, Applied Mathematics
Mary McKinney, Applied Psychology
Kaitlin Lindenburger, Biology-Health Sciences
Rebecca Williams, Dental Hygiene
Ashley Kangas, Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Lacey Bewley, Echocardiography
Daniel King, Environmental Sciences
Cheryl Lawrence, Nuclear Medicine Technology
Waldemar Schmidt, Radiologic Science
Kaitlinn Moody, Respiratory Care
Christina Borchert, Vascular Technology

Recognition of our Student Award Nominees:

Recognition of Student Award Nominees
  • Rafael Belloc
  • Christopher Galer
  • Erika Garvey
  • Sarah Hole
  • Jamie Matthews
  • Oliva Mendez
  • Brenda Odesha
  • Rizka Ongge
  • Patrick Oswald
  • Gabriel Rodriguez
  • Dylan Rogers
  • Shelly Roof
  • Erica Tesdahl
  • Justinne Vaughan
  • Amber Whiteley

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