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Elizabeth DeBenedictis, ME 2014, Wins Herman Schneider Medal

Elizabeth DeBenedictis, ME 2014, Wins Herman Schneider Medal

Ms. Elizabeth DeBenedictis ME 2014

 This year's Herman Schneider Medal has been awarded to ME Senior, Elizabeth DeBenedictis.

This annual award, initiated in 1964 through a bequest of the late Louise Bosworth Schneider, is awarded to a senior for "distinction as an exemplary co-op student -- one who has taken fullest advantage of the unique opportunities of a cooperative education."

And Ms. DeBenedictis has certainly done that.

  • In 2008 she was an entry level drafter with X-CEL Engineering in Columbus, Ohio.
  • In 2011-2012 she worked for Ethicon Endo-Surgery in Cincinnati where she designed and conducted experiments and wrote studies for new product development, wrote predictive models in MATLAB, built and programmed microcontrollers in C++, and invented additional concepts that resulted in 4 patent submissions.
  • In 2013 while on an international coop in Stuttgart, Germany, with Robert Bosch GmbH, she prepared, produced, and characterized solar cell devices and designed MATLAB programs to simulate components in Microelectromechanical systems.

In addition to her exemplary coop accomplishments Ms. DeBenedictis is also passionately engaged in college and community activities.

  • Engineering Honor Society, Tau Beta Pi, Correspondent and Representative
  • Freshmen Engineering Program Peer Tutor and Teaching Assistant
  • Society of Women Engineers Outreach Volunteer
  • Volunteer at St. George Food Pantry, UC Nightwalk, and Permaganic Garden 

 Ms. DeBenedictis also has academic accomplishments to match her many others, graduating near the top of a highly competitive and academically gifted ME senior class while also obtaining a double minor in German and Mathematics.

Ms. DeBenedictis' academic achievements, Coop accomplishments, and community service exemplifies, in the highest manner, the best traditions of UC's College of Engineering and Applied Science.  We take great pride in her selection for this prestigious award and wish her all the best in her coming endeavors.