Graduate student recognized for supporting diversity


Luis Ocampo Giraldo, a third year doctoral candidate in nuclear engineering, is the recipient of the 2015 Council of College Multicultural Leadership Way Paver Student Award. The Way Pavers Awards were established in 2011 to honor those who have contributed to supporting diversity initiatives that have positively enhanced student life and the climate throughout the college and local community, while maintaining a high level of character and leadership.

Ocampo is the president and co-founder of the Multicultural Engineering Graduate Association, a group dedicated to the retention and recruitment of underrepresented domestic graduate students. He is also a founding member of the engineering diversity roundtable, a forum that brings together undergraduate and graduate domestic engineering societies and associations in the College of Engineering. He is the chair of the human diversity committee of the Graduate and Professional Student Association and the current vice president of the Penn State student chapter of the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management.

As an undergraduate student at Penn State, Ocampo served as the vice president and president of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers.


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Shea Bracken

Luis Ocampo Giraldo

Luis Ocampo Giraldo is the recipient of the 2015 Council of College Multicultural Leadership Way Paver Student Award.



The Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering at Penn State is one of the nation’s largest and most successful engineering departments. We serve more than 1,000 undergraduate students and more than 330 graduate students

We offer B.S. degrees in mechanical engineering and nuclear engineering as well as resident (M.S., Ph.D.) and online (M.S., M.Eng.) graduate degrees in nuclear engineering and mechanical engineering. MNE's strength is in offering hands-on experience in highly relevant research areas, such as energy, homeland security, biomedical devices, and transportation systems.

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