2021 Recipients

Meet the 2021 Scholarship Recipients!

Maureen L. and Howard N. Blitman, P.E., Scholarship to Promote Diversity in Engineering Award

Justin S. Sivasothy
Sugar Land, Texas

At Logos Preparatory Academy, Justin Sivasothy’s accomplishments extended beyond the classroom and into social justice. As a National Honor Society member, a cross country runner, a Second Mile volunteer, and an inaugural member of his community’s Culture Club, Sivasothy cultivated fellowship through respect and dialogue in his increasingly diverse community. He also co-founded the Youth Builder’s arm of The Red Square Group, with the goal of engaging other youth in “re-engineering” high-risk neighborhoods in the Houston area. With an interest in studying Geosystems Engineering and Hydrology, Sivasothy has also been a selection to the Math, Science and Engineering Academy at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Cooperative Developmental Energy Program (CDEP).

Auxiliary Legacy Scholarship Award
George B. Hightower, P.E. Fellowship

Markie R. Ash
Markie R. Ash
Waupaca, WI

For her prodigious accomplishments and engineering vision, Markie Ash has been awarded two honors by the NSPE Education Foundation. While majoring in Civil Engineering at the University of Wisconsin – Platteville, and Manufacturing Engineering at UW-Stout, Ash is working toward her goal of designing sustainable and energy efficient buildings and homes. With a dedication to understanding underlying theory behind practice, she adds multiple engineering internships to an impressive resume that includes competing as an intercollegiate athlete on the golf team, consistent Dean’s List selections, extensive volunteer work, and acting as student liaison for the Women Pioneer’s in the Workforce Series.

Steinman Scholarship Award

Michael Kadus
Michael A. Kadus
Chicago, IL

Michael Kadus’s work at Tesla as a Technical Project Manager intern addressed ways to sustainably improve the production of electric vehicles to support a cleaner environment. In a new internship with SpaceX Starships Operations, his gaze may be skyward, but his focus is rooted firmly in engineering ethics. Kadus’s achievements stand apart in a rigorous program at Purdue University, where he pursues degrees in Industrial Engineering and in Finance. In addition to his many extracurricular activities, Kadus founded Destination Internship and developed events to connect Purdue engineering students with employers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Steinman Scholarship Award

Robert J. Schneider
Robert J. Schneider
West Coxsackie, NY

Ethics are a common theme across Robert Schneider’s studies at Clarkson University, where he is pursuing a degree in civil engineering. A decorated student and captain of his Concrete Canoe team, Schneider is active in undergraduate research in multiple laboratories, and regularly participates in campus design competitions. Described as “a star among his peers,” Schneider has taken on important roles during internships where he was responsible for advising clients and making decisions with public safety at the forefront. On top of his varied volunteer experience, he also serves as a student worker on his campus’s Greenhouse Project.

Steinman Scholarship Award

Annabel Sharnowski
Annabel Sharnowski
Novi, MI

Annabel Sharnowsi believes that safety and well-being of the people should be the highest regard when an engineer is working on a project. Throughout her numerous technical, leadership, and volunteer projects on at the University of Michigan and off campus, Sharnowski demonstrates a dedication to improving the lives of others, with a special focus on students, women, and children. The mechanical engineering student has also proven herself in the engineering field with her work at the Ford Motor Company in the Sustainability and Emerging Materials Research Group. Her work with micronized rubber powder composites is especially well-regarded— she has already received awards and published research on the topic.

Steinman Scholarship Award

Noah S. Struck
Noah S. Struck
Novi, MI

It’s no surprise that Noah Struck is well-prepared in his pursuit of becoming a professional engineer. He is, after all, an Eagle Scout—as well as a member of the University of Minnesota’s marching band and Nordic skiing team. In fact, it’s hard to envision someone more prepared for a career in civil engineering than Struck, who has been recognized by his peers as a leader for both his intelligence and his humble demeanor. The civil engineering student also seeks ways to promote transportation-related opportunities and involvement with the Interdisciplinary Transportation Student Organization. You could even say he’s committed to leaving places better than he found them.

Steinman Scholarship Award

Jacob L. Witlin
Jacob L. Witlin
Ellicott City, MD

Jacob Witlin believes the goal of a successful engineering project is “to move society forward and to do this ethically and morally.” His professors at the University of Maryland have noticed his “sincere desire to help people and the planet.” With a focus on fire protection engineering, Whitlin devotes his energy toward helping the public good, which is further evidenced by his numerous volunteer activities, such as participation in Engineers Without Borders and serving as a student ambassador for first-year engineering students. In addition to being an excellent student, Whitlin is also an Eagle Scout, a member of the club rugby team, and has led projects on several engineering internships.