From left: Rodrigo Garza Urquiza, Rachel
Oyler, David Gent, Alexandra Iacob, Colin Bailie, Mark Deimund.
The Dwight Look College of Engineering at Texas A&M
University honored five students with its Craig C. Brown
Outstanding Senior Engineer Award during a banquet at Miramont
Country Club in Bryan.
Seniors Colin Bailie, Mark Deimund, Alexandra (Sandra) Iacob,
Rachel Oyler and Rodrigo Garza Urquiza received the annual award
due to their academic achievement, character and leadership
Dr. G. Kemble Bennett, vice chancellor and dean of engineering,
presented the awards to the students.
Colin Bailie is a mechanical engineering major from Plano. He is
described as a disciplined, dedicated and well-spoken student, both
inside the classroom and out.
He is a member of several on-campus groups, and has held
leadership roles with the Singing Cadets and the a capella singing
group Apotheosis. He has given back to the community through
Habitat for Humanity, Replant and Relay for Life.
Bailie is involved with the American Society of Mechanical
Engineers and the American Nuclear Society. He has been inducted
into the Pi Tau Sigma and Tau Beta Pi honor societies.
During summer 2008 Bailie was a test intern for Enfora in Dallas
where he helped move the company toward automation. This past
summer he was one of 15 research interns at the Lawrence Livermore
National Laboratory in California, and will submit a journal
article based on his findings. Currently he conducts research with
a Texas A&M professor to build a shock tube for better
understanding of multiphase shock accelerated flow physics. Bailie
will graduate in May 2010.
Mark Deimund is a chemical engineering major from Oklahoma City,
Okla. Cited by one professor as among his top 10 undergraduates in
the last quarter-century. Deimund is a member of four honor
societies: Tau Beta Pi, Omega Chi Epsilon, Phi Kappa Phi and Phi
Eta Sigma. His current term as president caps three years of
leadership roles in the Texas A&M chapter of the American
Institute of Chemical Engineers.
He has been a Chem-E Car team leader since 2007, guiding his
group to multiple wins at regional and national competitions. He
has worked summers for Celanese Chemicals as an R&D intern in
Texas and a process engineering intern in Virginia. His volunteer
work has included Texas A&M Big Event, Habitat for Humanity and
Super Summer Southern Baptist Youth Leadership Camp.
Deimund has assisted with Texas A&M research on a biomass
processing technique that is being patented and published. He
visited 15 states during travels this past summer and still managed
to earn his Business Management Certificate for Engineers. He will
graduate in May 2010.
Alexandra (Sandra) Iacob is a biomedical engineering major from
Bucharest, Romania. A University Research Scholar, Iacob is a
three-year leader in the Society of Women Engineers, currently
serving as internal vice president. She also has served as
president of the Romanian Club.
During summer 2009 Iacob participated in Texas A&M's
Undergraduate Summer Research Grant program, after concluding two
years as an undergraduate research assistant in the chemical
engineering department. She interned at the Pittsburgh Tissue
Engineering Institute at Brooke Army Medical Center and spent one
semester as a student researcher with the Michael E. DeBakey
Institute at Texas A&M. She gives back to the community as a
hospital volunteer helping in the pre-op room.
Fluent in four languages and knowledgeable of two more, Iacob is
recognized for her compassion, leadership and dedication to making
the world better for others. She will graduate in December 2009
with the distinction of having completed the Engineering Scholars
Rachel Oyler is an electrical engineering major from Sundown,
Texas. She is a member of the Tau Beta Pi, Eta Kappa Nu and Phi Eta
Sigma honor societies, and the Society of Women Engineers.
Oyler has been a leader in her sorority, Gamma Phi Beta, earning
two of its highest awards for exemplifying the core values of love
and learning. Since 2005 she has continued to volunteer at a local
camp for handicapped, disabled and terminally ill children. Her
summers at Texas A&M have been well spent, including a summer
internship with The Boeing Company's International Space Station
electrical power system group, Study Abroad in Italy and a summer
internship with the IT Design Systems group at Texas
She is repeatedly described as exceptionally intelligent and an
outstanding leader and role model with a superb work ethic and
enviable time management skills-a person who exemplifies the honor
and tradition of Texas A&M. Oyler will graduate in December
Rodrigo Garza Urquiza is a mechanical engineering major from
Corregidora, Queretaro, Mexico. He is president of the American
Society of Mechanical Engineers student section. ASME and Tau Beta
Pi national engineering honor society nominated him for the
Leadership Exchange Program in Qatar, where he spent spring break
He has enjoyed three internships: systems engineering for
Compressor Controls Corporation; mechanical research, Chicago
Bridge and Iron; and sand control technology, Halliburton. He
currently serves as a research assistant in the Texas A&M
Turbomachinery Laboratory. Professors have described him as a very
rare student and the best all-around undergraduate in mechanical
engineering at Texas A&M, crediting him with the talent and
drive to succeed in any professional situation.
He said prides himself on staying active outside of the
classroom as well as with extracurricular activities such as the
Texas A&M Golf Club, tennis intramurals, triathlon training and
giving back to the community through Big Event and Aggie Replant.
He will graduate in May 2010.
Each of the seniors received an engraved medallion and a $5,000
educational grant. Their names appear on a plaque in the Zachry
The Engineering Faculty Senior Award was renamed the Craig C.
Brown Outstanding Senior Engineer Award in 1996 in recognition of
Brown's endowment for the award. He received the award as a Class
of 1975 civil engineering senior. Currently, Brown is chief
operating officer, owner and president of Bray International Inc.
as well as chairman and president of the Craig and Galen Brown
David W. Gent, Class of '75, senior vice president of Bray
International, represented Brown, who was sick with the flu. Gent
also received the award as a senior electrical engineering