Campus: Cal Poly, Pomona -- June 5, 2000

Burbank Resident And Cal Poly Pomona Student Presented With National Engineering Award

Janet Hanna, a 22-year-old industrial & manufacturing engineering senior at Cal Poly Pomona and a resident of Burbank was named the recipient of the Dwight D. Gardner Scholarship Award at the Institute of Industrial Engineers' (IIE) annual conference held in May in Ohio.

The award, which also comes with a $2,000 scholarship for the 2000-2001 academic year, is given to the best undergraduate students enrolled in any school in the United States and its territories, as well as Canada and Mexico. The school's engineering program must be accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by IIE and the student must be pursuing a course of study in industrial engineering.

"Janet consistently earns the highest marks in the class," said John O'Neil, professor, Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering. "She possesses an intellectual curiosity and an ability to quickly grasp complex concepts that is rarely seen in undergraduate students."

In addition to excelling in the rigorous engineering program, Hanna has found time to gain engineering experience at Advanced Environmental Systems, Inc. of Pasadena and is currently an industrial engineering assistant at Southern California Edison. She is also the president of the Institute of Industrial Engineers student chapter, a member of Alpha Pi Mu Industrial Engineering Honor Society and next year's webmaster for the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.

"I can't take al the credit for this honor," said Hanna. "The faculty, staff and students of the IME department all deserve it just as much as I do."

Hanna's honors include being on the Dean's List four consecutive years and the President's List for one year. She is in the Golden Key National Honor Society and the National Engineering Honor Society, Tau Beta Pi. She has also volunteered with Special Games, Habitat for Humanity and is active in her church.

In September 1999 she was also chosen to be the President's Council Scholar for Cal Poly Pomona's College of Engineering. This prestigious program recognizes the academic and co-curricular excellence of a select group of students. One student is chosen from each of the university's seven colleges and one school to receive the honor each year.

After graduating with her degree, Hanna hopes to use the hands-on education she has acquired at Cal Poly Pomona along with her work experience to enter her field. She also plans to own and manage a consulting firm after receiving her MBA.

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