2020 Awards

Departmental Awards

Eyre Associates Award for Outstanding Achievement

The Eyre Associates award recognized an aerospace or mechanical engineering student who has demonstrated outstanding academic excellence throughout their undergraduate academic career. This award honors the Eyre Associates’ contributions over many years to the support and development of the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

Jinkun Liu (ME)
Andrew Newsome (AE)

The Tony Maxworthy Award

Professor Tony Maxworthey was a leading light in the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering from his arrival in 1967 to his passing in 2013. He was a Distinguished University Professor and recipient of numerous awards in his illustrious life, but he always drew considerable joy and satisfaction from teaching our undergraduate project labs. His research was always characterized by an elegance and incisiveness where any given experiment often proved to be the defining study of its time. This award is therefore given to the student work that most closely exemplifies this combination of experimental and analytical elegance for which “TMax” was famous.


Jialing Tong, Xuehuo Zhang and Jinkun Liu

The Laufer Prize for Outstanding Achievement

was chairman for 19 years. He was an internationally known experimentalist in fluid mechanics and had an illustrious career at Cal Tech, NBS, and JPL in addition to USC. He was also instrumental in developing the Senior Experimental Projects Laboratory course (AME 441). This award was established in his honor to recognize the student(s) with the most outstanding project in the AME 441 course.


Ara Mahseredjian, Brady Donahue, Zachary Begland, Tristan Caparas

The Bleeker Award for Superb Craftsmanship

Al Bleeker was an enthusiastic, dedicated supporter of undergraduate experimental studies. As a friend, technician, and teacher, AL counseled over two generations of laboratory students. This award for excellence and imagination in the design and construction of experiments during the senior year course is presented as a tribute to Al’s contributions.


John Dervartanian, Brandon Vo, Zongyang Xiang and Zhenjun Yan

AME Student Achievement Award for Outstanding Ingenuity and Performance

These awards are given to the students in the AME Senior Projects Laboratory who have shown outstanding ingenuity and performance in the design, construction, and testing of their senior project.


Sophia Fest, David Kim, Clayton Marceau and Andrew Rooney - Fire Prevention System

Timothy Bean, Noah K. Brown, Alexandra Bruce and Andrew Combs - The Effect of Boundary Layer Manipulation on the Discharge Phase of Buoyancy Based Energy Storage Systems

A. James Armstrong, Noah Brown, Lucas McLeland and Samuel Monroe - Design and Manufacture of a 1U Wireless Cold Gas Propulsion Module for CubeSat Systems Integration and Environmental Test

To read about our 2019 winners, please click here.

Published on June 22nd, 2021

Last updated on June 22nd, 2021