2018 Award Recipients
Sarah Jo Martens
B.S., Environmental Engineering
Sarah Jo, who is pursuing a degree in Environmental Engineering, has shown excellent leadership and success during her time here as a student.
Sarah Jo has:
- Had an internship with GEI Consultants, Inc.
- Served as the President of Blue Key Honor Society, where she helped managed the planning and implementation of Winter Carnival
- Has served as a Campus Tour Guide, an Orientation Team Leader, and Co-section Leader of the Huskies Pep Band
- Has been a part of the Michigan Tech Theatre Company where she has taken part in 7 productions, including last weekend’s Midsummer Night’s Dream
- And helped start the Michigan Tech chapter of Alpha Psi Omega – the theatre honor society
Sarah Jo’s dedication has allowed the Blue Key Honor Society to implement many positive changes to help ensure Winter Carnival continues to be an outstanding tradition here at Tech. Her focus on improving communication and morale within the organization has also helped make membership in Blue Key more meaningful to each and every member.
Sarah Jo’s leadership has clearly made a difference here at Michigan Tech.
The President's Award for Leadership is given to a student who is chosen from an outstanding group of nominees that have provided leadership for their peers in their activities while a student at Michigan Tech.
B.S., Mechanical Engineering - Engineering Mechanics
Dillon is a member of the Michigan Tech Formula SAE Enterprise where he is focused on the powertrain sub-team, working on the coolant and lubrication components.
His department notes his excellent communication skills and states that his personal philosophy of team communication states, in part: “All members’ opinions and viewpoints are valid and should be respected and considered when working with a team. This feeling of respect from member to member can spark motivation and produce better work at the end of the day.”
Dillon has held an internship with Fiat-Chrysler of America where he was able to develop a MATLAB program that was able to test their supplier’s equipment to verify if they met their functional objective.
Dillon is also a member of the Physics Department’s Demonstration Crew where he works with department faculty to supply their classroom with physics demonstrations and sets up some of the physics undergraduate labs.
Dillon represents the best of student scholarship within Mechanical Engineering – Engineering Mechanics and has consistently performed with distinction in his academics, research, and involvement.
The Provost's Award for Scholarship is given to a senior who best represents student scholarship at Michigan Tech. This outstanding student is considered excellent not only by academic standards, but also for participation in research scholarship activity, levels of intellectual curiosity, creativity, and communication skills.
B.S., Accounting and B.S., Finance
Gina is pursing both her Bachelor of Science in accounting and her Bachelor of Science in Finance and hopes to attain her Master of Science in Accounting this fall. During her time at Michigan Tech, Gina has gotten very involved both on campus and in the community.
Some highlights include:
- Actively involved in Residence Life where she is currently a Community Coordinator and has previously been a Resident Assistant
- Internal Audit Intern for Kohler Corporation
- A LeaderShape graduate
- Has been the president of Circle K, member of the Kappa Sigma Iota Accounting Club, School of Business and Economics Student Ambassador
- States that her two great passions in life are “education and service”
- Her service work include student care packages, Trick or Treat for UNICEF, a used shoe drive, a military supply drive, 31 Backpacks, HuskyFAN.
- She is also a Peer Mentor in the Wahtera Center for students in the ExSEL program.
In her essay, Gina stated, “I have gained a lot from serving the campus and local community over the past 4 years… everything that I have done provides me with the valuable experience that will help me pursue my dream of starting a nonprofit educational organization – the ultimate culmination of my passion for education and service.”
Gina’s positive impact on Michigan Tech is evident and her dedication and involvement have made a lasting difference both on and off campus.
The Vice President for Student Affairs and Advancement Award for Service is given to an undergraduate Michigan Tech student who has performed volunteer services which have provided both benefits for the people served, as well as valuable learning experiences for the student.