Two engineering students, two faculty named to 2011 Homecoming court

Two students and two professors from the College of Engineering are part of the 2011 Homecoming court. Athena Abate and William Sheehan were both elected to the student court. Enrique Gomez and Paul Lynch were elected to the university court. Voting for the 2011 Homecoming king and queen will take place Oct. 10-14 during Homecoming week.

The student court includes five male and five female students who are active members of the community and have worked to make Penn State a better place. Abate and Sheehan were both nominated by their fellow students in recognition of their contributions to the Penn State community.

Abate is a senior in electrical engineering and will graduate in December. She is involved in a number of organizations on campus including Engineering Ambassadors, Women in Engineering, Phi Sigma Rho and the College of Engineering Envoys. Abate attended Penn State Hazleton before coming to University Park. She said she hopes that her election to Homecoming court shows that there can be a seamless transition between campuses. After graduation, Abate hopes to work for a company in the space industry and get a master's degree in systems engineering.

Sheehan is a Schreyer Honors College senior majoring in civil and environmental engineering. Since his first year, he has been involved in research working on projects at Penn State and a summer project in China. He also has held leadership positions in Habitat for Humanity, the Interfraternity Council Executive Board, the University Park Undergraduate Association, Beta Theta Pi and the Penn State Student Sustainability Advisory Committee. Sheehan also has participated in THON on a finance committee. Upon graduating, he hopes to work for a company that specializes in sustainability procedures and projects in developing nations. 

The university court consists of four male and four female members of the faculty or staff at the university who have inspired University students. Students nominated Lynch and Gomez for court in recognition of the impact these faculty members have made on their students.

Lynch is an instructor and academic adviser in the Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering. He is an alumnus, having received his bachelor of science, master of science and doctoral degrees in industrial engineering from Penn State. He serves as an adviser in the department and meets with more than 100 students each semester to assist them in their educational planning. He also involves students in his research endeavors. Lynch assists with and attends events for the department including the graduation reception, the spring banquet, the Industrial Engineering Parents Weekend, Major Night and the Spring College of Engineering Open House. Lynch also participates with the industrial engineering students as part of Team IE, the industrial engineering Relay for Life team each year.

Gomez is an assistant professor and faculty adviser in the Department of Chemical Engineering. He is a research supervisor to undergraduate and graduate students and involves students in research in his lab. He also is a mentor in the FastStart program and serves as a faculty adviser to 30 chemical engineering students.

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Last Updated January 10, 2014