Dr. John P. Karidis Department Head's Award for Research Achievement in Mechanical Engineering

The Dr. John P. Karidis Department Head's Award for Research Achievement in Mechanical Engineering honors and recognizes mechanical engineering students who have made important contributions in furthering the research in his or her selected areas of study concentration.

The award is named for Dr. John P. Karidis, a mechanical engineering alumnus (Ph.D. ME '83). Dr. Karidis' commitment to engineering education and innovation prompted his original gift to create this endowed award. Additional contributions from friends and family members in honor of Dr. Karidis continue to enhance the prestige of this award within the department and recognize the impact of Dr. Karidis' life.


Consideration for this award is given to all undergraduate students enrolled in the Mechanical Engineering program. Selection is based on important contributions to research in their concentration areas.

Nomination Process

Students may self-nominate for this award. Calls for applications are sent out early in the fall semester. Students may provide an application to the ME Undergraduate Programs Office, 139/140 Reber Bldg. Selection of the award winner will be based on scholarly achievements as well as significant research contributions.

Past Recipients

  • Quinn Deitrick (2023)
  • Xinsheng Wei (2023)
  • Sarah Fox (2022)
  • Megan Ellery (2021)
  • Lucy Spicher (2020)
  • Dillen Evan (2019)
  • Michael Bichnevicius (2018)
  • Michael Meehan (2017)
  • Shawn Siroka (2016)
  • Daniel Ruth (2015)
  • Kelsa Benensky (2014)
  • Herschel Pangborn (2013)
  • Michael Melnyk (2012)
  • Nathaniel Michaluk (2012)
  • Katie Kirsch (2011)
  • Patrick H. Gorzelic (2010)
  • Daniel J. Lesutis (2010)
  • Marta Hatzell (2009)
  • Casandra Niebel (2009)
  • Laura Slingerland (2008)
  • Christopher Garneau (2007)
  • Michael Petersheim (2006)
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University Park, PA 16802-4400

Phone: 814-865-2519