November 10, 2009

The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) has awarded Civil Engineering sophomore Brian Carrington II with the status of Torchbearer in its Academic Pyramid of Excellence (A.P.E.) program. This distinction requires membership in the organization as well as a 3.2 to 3.59 GPA. The many benefits of the award include recognition at the NSBE Fall Regional Conference as well as a reception at the NSBE National Convention. Carrington and his fellow scholars will also receive reserved seats at the Golden Torch Awards and VIP access to the Career Fair at the National Convention.

"It was a great honor to be selected as a Torchbearer for NSBE, and it is inspiring to see that hard work and dedication to academics does pay off," said Carrington. "My experience at LSU has been excellent. I have made many friends that have the same goals as I do through organizations and classes. I have also come across multiple faculty members that act as mentors and want to see me succeed."

Carrington has been pursuing excellence for his entire life. He attended high school at the Jefferson County International Baccalaureate of Shades Valley High School in Irondale, AL, where he completed a challenging college-prep curriculum while playing several sports and pursuing numerous extracurricular activities. His hard work paid off when he received several awards, including the Superintendent's 100 Super Scholars Award, National Society of High School Scholars Award, Referred Scholar in the National Achievement Competition, and University of Alabama Blazing Scholars Award for Outstanding Academic Performance. In addition, Carrington was asked to attend the Lead American Youth Leadership Conference and received first place in the 2008 Summer Science Institute Research Project.

Despite completing a four-month internship in Chemical Engineering at the University of Alabama Birmingham, Carrington ended up deciding to study Civil Engineering at LSU. He has become very involved in the engineering community at LSU, taking part in the American Society of Civil Engineers, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Phi Sigma Pi National Honors Fraternity, Alpha Lambda Delta National Honors Society and Phi Eta Sigma National Honors Society. Carrington also serves as the Intramural Chair for the National Society of Black Engineers. Awards he has garnered thus far include the Northrop Grumman Corporation Scholars Award and the Certificate of Achievement from the Black Faculty & Staff Caucus, as well as a summer internship with the Environmental & Infrastructure sector of The Shaw Group, Inc. In addition, Carrington is a NSF Scholar in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) Considering all of these distinctions as well as his current status of Torchbearer in the Academic Pyramid of Excellence, Brian Carrington II has an impressive resume and a bright future ahead.


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Article by Colette Burke, LSU College of Engineering, 225-578-5706, mlavall@lsu.edu

 



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