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Locals honored for college success

by | Jan 29, 2020 | Education

Hopkinton’s Rory Sullivan and Kenny Rhodes, juniors at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, recently completed intense, hands-on research projects.

Sullivan, who is majoring in interactive media and game development — technical track, as well as computer science, was a member of a student team that completed a project through the WPI project center in Denmark. The project was titled Waste Collection Optimization for the Amager Resource Center. In their project summary, the students wrote, “The Amager Resource Center is a public nonprofit waste management company that performs incineration of household waste in their waste-to-energy plant, the Amager Bakke. In a team of four, we designed a series of recommendations centered around E-truck fleet optimization as the company will begin collecting household waste, from the entire Municipality of Copenhagen, effective in 2022.”

Rhodes, who is majoring in computer science, was a member of a student team that completed a project through the WPI project center in Iceland. The project was titled Promoting Reykjavik as a Tourist Destination. In their project summary, the students wrote, “Visit Reykjavik is the official tourism organization for promoting the activities in the capital city area. They would like visitors to participate in local events instead of attending primarily nature-based activities. As a result, the goal of this project was to determine how to better market Reykjavik as a tourist destination.”

All WPI undergraduates are required to complete a research-driven, professional-level project that applies science and technology to addresses an important societal need or issue. About two-thirds of students complete a project at one of the university’s 50-plus off-campus project centers, which are located around the world. A signature element of the innovative undergraduate experience at WPI, the project-based curriculum offers students the opportunity to apply their scientific and technical knowledge to develop thoughtful solutions to real problems that affect the quality of people’s lives-and make a difference before they graduate. …

Emily Hamacher, a student at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, recently was initiated into the honor society of Phi Kappa Phi, which bills itself as the nation’s oldest and most selected all-discipline collegiate honor society. …

Austin Odell was named to the dean’s list for the fall semester at Duke University. Odell is a junior majoring in electrical and computer engineering. …

Sarah Lincoln, Anna Schonhorn and Emma Wright were named to the dean’s list at the University of Vermont. …

Devon Rancourt, a junior at Connecticut College, achieved dean’s list high honors. Rancourt is a Slavic studies and history major. …

Philip Hubbe and Jake McDonald were named to the dean’s list at Clarkson University. …

Tyler Hyun Bui was named to the dean’s academic honor roll at Baylor University. …

Alison Fujiyoshi was named to the dean’s list at Nazareth College in Rochester, N.Y. …

Geoffrey Holler and Julia Gorgol were named to the president’s list at Elon University. …

Caroline Sullivan, a senior majoring in biochemistry/molecular biology, was named to the dean’s list at Hamilton College. Sullivan prepped at Phillips Exeter Academy. …

At Dean College in Franklin, Nicholas Lallier, William Scannell, Michelle Gates and Shuangping Zhu were named to the dean’s list. …

Sarah Durr, who is studying health science/occupational therapy at Springfield College, was named to the dean’s list. …

Emma Barker was named to the dean’s list at Cedarville University. …

Grant Olson and Colin Staab received bachelor’s degrees from UMass Amherst in September.

Editor’s note: Information for college honors is provided by the schools. Those interested in being included in this section should request for the school to email the information to Editor@hopkintonindependent.com.

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