December 16, 2011

LSU's 276th commencement exercises honored three engineering students with the LSU's Distinguished Communicator Award, the first program of its kind in the nation. Along with these engineering students, two additional students representing numerous majors earned the distinction. Those honored from the College of Engineering included: Yasmin Mohammad, Jordan Moree and Elizabeth Nowacki.

LSU's Distinguished Communicator Award recognizes students who demonstrate exemplary levels of communication skills during their undergraduate years. Recipients are selected on the basis of completing 12 hours of approved courses, submitting a digital portfolio, participating in internships or co-ops, demonstrating leadership, and maintaining a GPA of 3.0 in communication-intensive courses. Upon completion, students have their transcripts annotated to reflect their Distinguished Communicator designation.

The five LSU students earned the DC honor by meeting high standards set by faculty in various colleges and by the LSU Communication across the Curriculum program. The students earned high grade-point averages in communication-intensive courses that were based on written, spoken, visual and technological communication. The students built digital portfolios, displayed as public Web sites that include their communication projects from courses, internships, leadership roles and public service.

Yasmin Mohammad earned a Bachelor of Science in Biological Engineering.  Mohammad has been involved in numerous student organizations such as the Biological Engineering Student Organization, the Society of Women Engineers and the national honors organization, Phi Sigma Theta.  She also regularly volunteered at Our Lady of the Lake’s Children’s Unit and at HCS Infusion Network.  During her time as a student worker at the Louisiana Transportation Research Center, Mohammad assisted in initiating recycling awareness and distributing recycling bins around campus.  She has participated in several research experiments with topics such as algae production, thermal efficiencies and biosensors. Adviser:  Steven Hall, Department of Biological & Agricultural Engineering


Jordan Moree earned a Bachelor of Science in Biological Engineering.  While at LSU, Moree was a member of the Biological Engineering Student Organization, and he served as a peer mentor for the LSU STEP Encounter Engineering Bridge Camp where he led orientation exercises for incoming math and engineering students. Moree also assisted in coordinating the annual youth education event, Ocean Commotion.  In the summer of 2010, Moree participated in the Encounter Engineering in Europe program where he took a communication-intensive course in Germany and completed coursework in the study of manufacturing methods.  After graduation, Moree wants to work in a field that ensures a sustainable future and gravitates toward using greener technologies. Adviser: Steven Hall, Department of Biological & Agricultural Engineering


Elizabeth Nowacki earned a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering.  She has been very active on campus in several honor societies and organizations including Rho Lambda, Order of Omega, Omicron Delta Kappa, Alpha Lambda Delta and Phi Eta Sigma, as well as being a member of the Institute for Industrial Engineers and Alpha Pi Mu.  She served on the executive board of the Phi Mu Fraternity and was honored with the Thomas Hopkins Engineering Scholarship and the Bengal Legacy Scholarship.  Nowacki gained valuable experience during her Supply Chain Management internship with Halliburton Oil & Gas.  She also worked as a peer mentor in the LSU Engineering Communication Studio.  During the summer of 2011, Nowacki was part of the study abroad program, Encounter Engineering in Europe, where she visited production plants in various cities in Germany.  After graduation Nowacki plans to work for a company in the supply chain or project management field. Adviser:  Paige Davis, Department of Construction Management and Industrial Engineering

To learn more about the Communication across the Curriculum program, click here.

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For more information, contact Cassie Arceneaux, College of Engineering, carcen6@lsu.edu or (225) 578-0092.



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