Showalter earns engineering alumni society's Rising Star Award


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Melissa Showalter, coordinator for alumni, development, and advancement in the Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics (ESM), has been named a recipient of the 2016 Penn State Engineering Alumni Society (PSEAS) Rising Star Award.

Paul Humphreys, assistant to the department head in the Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, is the other recipient of the award.

The Rising Star Award recognizes individuals who have worked within the College of Engineering less than two years and have shown great promise in his/her positions while demonstrating exceptional job performance.

Individuals are nominated by engineering staff, students, faculty, and administrators and those nominations are reviewed by a committee, appointed by the dean, which is comprised of PSEAS representatives and the director of alumni relations.

Showalter joined the ESM staff in November 2014 after serving as administrative support coordinator for the College of Agricultural Sciences where she supported research initiatives for the associate dean for research and graduate education.

Her responsibilities within the ESM department include: coordinating alumni activities and special events such as alumni guest speakers, Outstanding Engineering Alumni activities, and the ESM Golden Decade Alumni Reunion, and supporting the department’s Industrial and Professional Advisory Council and alumni board.

Showalter also provides backup support to P. B. Breneman Department Head Chair Judith Todd, acts as the department liaison to the college’s office of Development and Alumni Relations, and assists with departmental communications.

Prior to joining Penn State in 2008, Showalter conducted lab research in molecular microbiology and immunology at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

All PSEAS award winners will be formally recognized and presented with their awards during a reception on April 27 at the Nittany Lion Inn.

For a full list of 2016 PSEAS award winners, click here.


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The Penn State Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics (ESM) is an internationally distinguished department that is recognized for its globally competitive excellence in engineering and scientific accomplishments, research, and educational leadership.

Our Engineering Science program is the official undergraduate honors program of the College of Engineering, attracting the University’s brightest engineering students. We also offer graduate degrees in ESM, engineering mechanics, engineering at the nano-scale, and an integrated undergraduate/graduate program.

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