UA Engineering Alumni Honor Outstanding Senior

  • April 27th, 2017
Michael Dunn, left, and Dr. Charles Karr, dean of UA’s College of Engineering

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Michael R. Dunn, a senior at The University of Alabama, recently received the 2017 Capstone Engineering Society Outstanding Senior Award.

Along with the award, Dunn was given a $500 stipend to honor his achievements. A graduate of Merritt Island High School in Merritt Island, Florida, Dunn is set to graduate this spring from UA with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering.

“Michael has done such a good job with the work that I’ve given him both in the classroom and in research that I now assign him work that I would reserve for mature graduate students,” said. Dr. Alex Hainen, assistant professor in the department of civil, construction and environmental engineering.

“I have worked with Michael on techniques and concepts that often would not be covered until graduate school.”

During his time at the University, Dunn received several national scholarships including an award from the NASA College Scholarship Fund and the NOAA Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship. He also was selected for scholarships from the Alabama Road Builders Association and the Alabama Concrete Industries Foundation.

A student in the Honors College, Dunn has maintained a perfect grade point average while earning membership in the Alpha Lambda Delta, Phi Eta Sigma and Mortar Board honor societies.

As a Hollings Scholar, he completed a research internship for the National Weather Service in Louisville, Kentucky. He was also a process engineering intern for the NASA Launch Services Program in the Flight Projects Office at Kennedy Space Center.

On campus, he worked for the University Transportation Center for Alabama and was a research assistant in civil engineering. He was also construction captain of the College’s concrete canoe team.

Dunn served as an ambassador for the Honors College, a student leader for Alabama Action and as retreat co-director for St. Francis Catholic Student Center.

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.


Alana Norris, engineering communications, 205/348-8644,

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