The Beecher Loftus Leadership and Service Award in Nuclear Engineering

The Beecher Loftus Leadership and Service Award recognizes a nuclear engineering student who has gone above and beyond in acts of service and leadership in his or her department, college, university or community related to the field of nuclear engineering.

This award was endowed through a gift from Patricia Beecher Loftus, a nuclear engineering alumna.


Consideration for this award shall be given to all undergraduate students majoring in Nuclear Engineering who have demonstrated a high degree of excellence in leadership and service in the field of Nuclear Engineering and who anticipate graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nuclear Engineering during the academic year in which the award is granted. While the primary emphasis will be on leadership and service to the Nuclear Engineering Program, all leadership and service activities, including Department, College and University activities related to the nuclear engineering field, as well as internship or co-op experience in the nuclear industry may be considered.

Nomination Process

Students may self-nominate for this award; calls for applications are sent out to nuclear engineering students early in the fall semester. Recipients are selected by a committee appointed by the Nuclear Engineering program chair, who will serve as chair of the selection committee.

Past Recipients

  • Jeremy Barnhart (2017)
  • Travis Smith (2016)
  • Mara Levy (2015)
  • Catherine Perego (2014)
  • Timothy Jacomb-Hood (2013)
  • Keegan Behm (2012)
  • Michael Pantano (2011)
  • Emily Stumbris (2010)
  • Stephanie Zwolinski (2009)
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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.

Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

137 Reber Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4400

Phone: 814-865-2519