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UT Austin's Student Engineering Council wins national recognition

     The Student Engineering Council at The University of Texas at Austin earned the 1998 Outstanding Council Award from the National Association of Engineering Student Councils on Oct. 17 at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind., at its national conference.

     The Student Engineering Council was selected from among 55 member colleges and universities that comprise the association. The Student Engineering Council promotes involvement in the entire College of Engineering and acts as a forum for many events. The council offers programs geared towards developing both personal and professional skills. Its activities include the Engineering EXPO career fair, Engineering Leadership eXchange, National Engineers' Week including Engineering Day at the Mall. The council also co-sponsors the Freshman Fall Gathering with the Engineering Office of Student Affairs and assists in new student orientation activities.

     “We who give our time to the council, college and university do so without any expectation of awards or recognition, it is a great honor to be recognized both for our efforts and successes,” said Jacob Hodges, president of the Student Engineering Council.

     This is the third time this year that an engineering student organization has earned a national award. Last spring UT engineers won the Rube Goldberg Machine Contest for the second consecutive time and the UT chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers was named National Distinguished Chapter of the Year.