Students honored during Discover Engineers Week event


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Three Marshall University engineering students were awarded scholarships at the annual Discover Engineers Week Scholarship and Celebration Dinner on Feb. 23 in Charleston.The banquet is held during National Engineers Week each year and is a major activity that gives recognition to the students who attend the engineering schools in West Virginia.

“We are very proud of our students and plan to have additional scholarships in the future,” said Dr. Asad Salem, chair of the Weisberg Division of Engineering at Marshall University.

William Shaffer, a junior civil engineering student from Madison, W.Va. was awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the West Virginia Society of Professional Engineers.

“It was a great honor,” Shaffer said of winning the award. “Some of the best engineers around the state are the ones who selected the recipients. For that esteemed group of engineers to give out a scholarship and me be one of the recipients means a great deal and I am very humbled.”

Mary Cart, a senior civil engineering student from Huntington, was awarded $500 from the American Council of Engineering Companies.

“It means a lot to me to be selected as the recipient of this award,” Cart said. “It also means quite a bit to me to be considered worthy of this scholarship by members of the same profession I am pursuing.”

Lucas Whittington, a junior mechanical engineering student from Poca, West Virginia, was awarded $500 from West Virginia Society of Professional Engineers.

“It’s an honor to be recognized and included in such a great group of recipients,” Whittington said. “This scholarship will help pay for out-of-pocket expenses such as textbooks.”

Dr. Wael Zatar, dean of Marshall University’s College of Information Technology and Engineering, was the keynote speaker for the event. Zatar also serves as director of the University Transportation Center at Marshall University and director of the Mid-Atlantic Transportation Sustainability University Transportation Center.

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Photo: Dr. Wael Zatar (left), dean of Marshall University’s College of Information Technology and Engineering, with student scholarship recipients Mary Cart (second from left), Lucas Whittington (second from right) and William Shaffer at the 2016 Discover Engineers Week Scholarship and Celebration Dinner Feb. 23 at the Four Points by Sheraton in Charleston.