The Tirrell Award for Distinction in Undergraduate Research is made annually by the College of Engineering in honor of Matthew Tirrell, former Dean of the College, to recognize graduating seniors who have shown excellence and promise as a researcher during their academic career. This year’s award recipient is Bethany Letierre. Bethany is a mechanical engineering major who has participated in several research experiences during her studies at UCSB. She has worked in the research programs of Professors Sumita Pennathur, Galen Stucky, and Ram Seshadri.
Mechanical Engineering Professor Kimberly Turner has been elected a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers for her major contributions in the area of micro-electro-mechanical-systems, with additional recognition given for extensive service to her professional community. Professor Turner has served with ASME in numerous leadership roles for technical committees, in the organization of conferences, and has served as Chair of the ASME MEMS Division.