june 11, 2003

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OSU Student Christine Lupher

OSU engineering student is nation's best

OSU-Stillwater graduate, Christina Lupher was recently honored as the top industrial engineering student in the nation.

The award is given by the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE), which represents more than 17,000 industrial engineers and 150 chapters worldwide. The IIE Student Award for Excellence acknowledges undergraduate students who have distinguished themselves through scholarship and campus leadership and, in doing so, have brought distinction to industrial engineering at their institution. OSU has the oldest industrial engineering program west of the Mississippi River and the only one in the world from which four faculty have been elected president of IIE.

Lupher decided to study engineering at OSU after attending the Reaching Engineering and Architectural Career Heights (REACH) summer academy that was created to introduce young women to education and career opportunities in fields where men have historically outnumbered women.

"I had OSU on my list, but I didn't make up my mind to study engineering here until participating in REACH," Lupher said. "It opened my eyes to all of the different disciplines and affirmed my decision."

Lupher excelled academically as a freshman while participating in dozens of student activities. Her work caught the eyes of administrators charged with selecting CEAT Enrichment Scholars, and Lupher was accepted into the program that grooms elite engineering students for professional leadership by providing special scholarship, travel, enrichment and networking opportunities.

Continuing to demonstrate her merit in- and outside the classroom, Lupher earned OSU departmental scholarships from the Council of Partners, the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and the Lou Wentz Foundation. She also received national scholarships from the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society and the National Action Council for Minority Engineers (NACME).

As president of the student chapter of Alpha Pi Mu Industrial Engineering Honor Society, she helped increase membership and initiated a Christmas public service event to collect toys, blankets and winter-wear for needy Stillwater children. Her works contributed to the local chapter being recognized by the national Alpha Pi Mu organization as the second-best student chapter in the country last year.

This summer she will begin work toward a master's degree in industrial engineering at Cornell University. After Cornell, she plans to work for a few years in the private sector, then go back to school for a Ph.D., with the ultimate goal of teaching at the university level.

Story Contact: Natalea Watkins, 405.744.6260