Students encouraged to nominate faculty members for Perez Award

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State engineering students have until March 7 to nominate a faculty member for the Lawrence J. Perez Memorial Student Advocate Award.

The award recognizes a College of Engineering faculty member who contributes to the welfare of students and enriches the college by his or her willingness to devote significant time and effort to assist students academically and/or personally as they pursue their engineering degrees.   

Awardees receive $3,000 and a plaque.

Individual students, the Engineering Student Council, student engineering honor societies or engineering student professional societies may make nominations by submitting an essay between 500 and 1,500 words to Stefanie Tomlinson, 101 Hammond Building, or

All full-time faculty member may receive the award no more than once every four years. For more information and a list of previous recipients, visit

Perez came to Penn State as an associate professor of civil engineering and became a full professor in 1947. In 1957, he was appointed assistant dean of the College of Engineering.

In 1970, Perez retired as professor emeritus of civil engineering. Throughout his tenure, he oversaw various upgrades to government-owned land, which was the home of Penn State's civil engineering summer camp. Lake Perez at the Stone Valley Recreational Area is named in his honor. 

He died in 1988 at the age of 81.

Last Updated February 10, 2014