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Source: Richard Hayter, 785-532-5590,
News release prepared by: Megan Wilson, 785-532-6415,

Friday, April 17, 2009


MANHATTAN -- Tau Beta Pi, the national engineering honor society, is recognizing one Kansas State University engineering student with a $10,000 graduate fellowship, while two other K-State engineering students are each receiving $2,000 scholarships from the organization.

Derek Woodman, senior in computer engineering, Parsons, is receiving the graduate fellowship. Stacey Ahern, senior in industrial engineering, Overland Park, and Andrew Harris, senior in industrial engineering, Pratt, are receiving the undergraduate scholarships.

"Admission to Tau Beta Pi is limited to the top engineering students in the country," said Richard Hayter, associate dean of engineering for external affairs faculty adviser to the Tau Beta Pi chapter at K-State. "Therefore, for a university to have two scholarship recipients and a graduate fellowship recipient in a single year is a testament to the quality of students in the College of Engineering at Kansas State University."

Woodman will graduate in May with a bachelor's in computer engineering and will use the fellowship to attend the K-State Graduate School. He has been active with Tau Beta Pi, serving as treasurer and representing the university at the 2008 Tau Beta Pi National Convention. He also is vice president of Eta Kappa Nu, the international electrical engineering and computer engineering honor society. Woodman mentors new students in engineering and teaches a lab section for the Introduction to Computer Engineering course. He is a 2005 graduate of Parsons High School.

Harris is completing a concurrent master's and bachelor's degree program in industrial engineering. He has been involved in FarmHouse fraternity, Mortar Board senior honor society, Chimes junior honorary, Tau Beta Pi and St. Isidore's Catholic Student Center. He is a 2006 graduate of Pratt High School.

Ahern is completing a concurrent master's and bachelor's degree program in industrial engineering. She is involved in many activities on campus, including serving as All-University Open House co-chair for her department, vice president of the student chapter of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers and vice president of the industrial engineering honor society, Alpha Pi Mu. She is a member of Tau Beta Pi, Phi Kappa Phi national honor society and the College of Engineering Ambassadors. Ahern is a 2006 graduate of Blue Valley North High School.