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CES Outstanding Senior

1604113_MW_009_coe_senior-532x800Stephen Peter Rowe, who studied mechanical engineering at The University of Alabama, is the 2016 Capstone Engineering Society Outstanding Senior Award.

Along with the award, Rowe was given a $500 stipend to honor his achievements.

The CES began the Outstanding Senior Award in 1986 to honor an exceptional student who deserves distinction among his or her peers. An outstanding student is selected from the 11 academic programs in the College, and the overall winner is determined by a selection committee after assessing each student’s academic performance, professional and technical activities, College leadership, external leadership and other activities.

Rowe earned the rank of Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts before graduating high school, and came to UA on Presidential, Engineering Leadership and Alumni Scholar Award scholarships.

A student in the UA Honors College, Rowe has been inducted into the national mechanical engineering honor society, Pi Tau Sigma, as well as Tau Beta Pi, the national engineering honor society.

While at UA, he completed a Cooperative Education rotation with BMW Manufacturing Co. in Greer, South Carolina, and he also interned with Fitz-Thors Engineering in Bessemer, Alabama.

Rowe co-authored a successful proposal to NASA for a team of UA students to participate in Micro-g Neutral Buoyancy Experiment Design Teams contest, and leads the teams design of a space-walking tool for the Asteroid Redirect Mission.

He is also heavily involved in his off-campus church as a worship director and has served as a residential advisor for UA Housing and Residential Communities.

After graduation, Rowe and his wife planned to move to London, England, where she had accepted a job as an accountant with Deloitte, and Rowe plans to pursue a master’s degree in mechanical engineering to further prepare for a career in mechanical design.

Outstanding Seniors Through the Years

  • 2015: Eric S. McVay
  • 2014: Alexander C. Few
  • 2013: Sarah E. Johnson
  • 2012: Blake Whitley
  • 2011: Anika Kuczynski
  • 2010: Whitney Erin Montgomery
  • 2009: Milton T. Nettles
  • 2008: Michelle McGaha
  • 2007: Meredith Brooke Caldwell
  • 2006: John William Crawford Jr.
  • 2005: Lisa Vaughn
  • 2004: Ashley Erickson
  • 2003: Destin Wilson Sandlin
  • 2002: Eric L. Campbell
  • 2001: Joe Brown
  • 2000: Matheus Neves Medeiros
  • 1999: Tanya Cole Andrews
  • 1998: Jonathan Owens
  • 1997: Eric L. Goldis
  • 1996: Hillery Woods
  • 1996: Steven Glenn
  • 1995: Amy Ellen Wilson
  • 1994: Amy McDonald Roberts
  • 1993: Sandra Nowland Hopko
  • 1992: Christopher Yan-Chi Chow
  • 1991: Timothy Kyle McKelvey
  • 1990: Joseph E. Cates
  • 1989: Timothy Alan Brown
  • 1988: Kimberly E. Switzer
  • 1987: Bryan Thane Wood
  • 1986: Quintin J. Lai