More than 50 Western Washington University students and graduates received Outstanding Graduate honors for the 2018-19 academic year.
Faculty members from dozens of academic departments and programs select one graduate to honor as the Outstanding Graduate of the year. Selection is a high honor based on grades, research and writing, service to the campus and community, and promise for the future.
The graduates were recognized at spring Commencement June 15. The 11 Outstanding Graduates from the College of Science and Engineering are:
Western Washington University Assistant Professor of Chemistry Tim Kowalczyk has been awarded a prestigious five-year, $496,000 Early Career Development Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for his research into porous organic frameworks for energy conversion and storage.
“I’m grateful for this early-career award from the NSF which reflects outstanding contributions from our entire team of student researchers, as well as technical and moral support from colleagues across the College of Science and Engineering and the Institute for Energy Studies,” Kowalczyk said.
David Patrick has been named the interim dean of the Graduate School and vice provost for research at Western Washington University.
Patrick, now professor of Chemistry at Western, will assume his new duties on June 28. He will succeed Gautam Pillay, who exercised his reversion rights to a faculty position and has stepped down as Graduate School dean and vice provost, a position he held since August 2017.