TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Stephen Peter Rowe, a senior at The University of Alabama, recently received the 2016 Capstone Engineering Society Outstanding Senior Award.
Along with the award, Rowe was given a $500 stipend to honor his achievements. A graduate of Westbrook Christian School in Gadsden, Rowe is set to graduate this spring from UA with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering.
Rowe earned the rank of Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts before graduating high school, and he came to UA on Presidential, Engineering Leadership and Alumni Scholar Award scholarships.
A student in the UA Honors College, Rowe has been inducted into the national mechanical engineering honor society, Pi Tau Sigma, as well as Tau Beta Pi, the national engineering honor society.
While at UA, he completed a Cooperative Education rotation with BMW Manufacturing Co. in Greer, South Carolina, and he also interned with Fitz-Thors Engineering in Bessemer.
Rowe co-authored a successful proposal to NASA for a team of UA students to participate in Micro-g Neutral Buoyancy Experiment Design Teams contest and leads the team’s design of a space-walking tool for the Asteroid Redirect Mission.
He is also heavily involved in his off-campus church as a worship director and has served as a residential adviser for UA Housing and Residential Communities.
After graduation, Rowe and his wife plan to move to London, England, where she has accepted a job as an accountant with Deloitte, and Rowe plans to pursue a master’s degree in mechanical engineering to further prepare for a career in mechanical design.
The Capstone Engineering Society, the alumni association for the College of Engineering, was established in 1973. CES is dedicated to maintaining relationships with UA engineering alumni to ensure the College is able to provide UA engineering and computer science students with a superior educational experience.
The CES began the Outstanding Senior Award in 1986 to honor an exceptional student who deserves distinction among his or her peers. An outstanding student is selected from the 11 academic programs in the College, and the overall winner is determined by a selection committee after assessing each student’s academic performance, professional and technical activities, College leadership, external leadership and other activities.
The University of Alabama, the state’s oldest and largest public institution of higher education, is a student-centered research university that draws the best and brightest to an academic community committed to providing a premier undergraduate and graduate education. UA is dedicated to achieving excellence in scholarship, collaboration and intellectual engagement; providing public outreach and service to the state of Alabama and the nation; and nurturing a campus environment that fosters collegiality, respect and inclusivity.