Engineering grad students receive University awards for leadership, service

March 19, 2015

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Three engineering graduate students have been named recipients of 2015 Penn State Student Awards.

They were honored along with 24 other students at a ceremony March 22 in Eisenhower Auditorium.

Heather C. Nelson, aerospace engineering, and Jesse Scott, computer science and engineering, received the Graduate Student Service Award, which recognizes graduate students who have best combined high academic achievement with leadership in University or other public activities.

Devin Pohly, computer science and engineering, received the Harold F. Martin Graduate Assistant Outstanding Teaching Award, which recognizes graduate assistants for outstanding teaching performance.

Nelson, a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, received her master's degree in aerospace engineering in 2014, and has used her military background to help the Penn State fencing team, the local chapter of Trout Unlimited and fellow veterans.

She also helped start a veterans service program that teaches veterans to fly-fish while providing networking opportunities for those seeking resources and support groups.

Scott has been involved in the American Red Cross since 2008 and has helped the organization attain 1,167 units of blood, including 46 units he personally donated.

In 2014, Pohly taught four sections of CMPSC 311, a systems programming course with about 75 students, and handled all duties of a course instructor, including preparing and delivering lectures, maintaining office hours and creating and grading all assignments and tests. He also served as a substitute lecturer for professors.

Last Updated March 20, 2015