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Three engineers selected for prestigious Mizzou ’39 award

On Feb. 13, three engineering students were honored for their inclusion in this academic year’s Mizzou ‘39 — a prestigious University of Missouri award given to 39 seniors recognizing their academic achievement, leadership and service to the University and community. The Mizzou Alumni Association student board annually selects these students, who have maintained a 3.0 GPA or higher to apply.

Engineering majors Kelsey Kotur, Forrest Meyen and Tarik Yameen were among the 39 honorees.

Forrest Meyen with his mentor Biological Engineering Professor Sheila Grant.

Forrest Meyen, a biological engineer with a minor in mechanical and aerospace engineering, has always been interested in engineering. He attended high school in Eagle River, Ak., and decided to attend MU after reading about its biological engineering program. He also was attracted to opportunities outside the classroom. Meyen has been a member of the Hydrogen Car Team during all of his four years at MU, and last year served as the group’s president.

“At Mizzou, students have a lot of freedom and opportunities to explore skills outside of the classroom. Those experiences are extremely valuable,” Meyen said.

Meyen will be attending MIT in the fall, pursuing his graduate degree, he said, adding that he has always been fascinated by human space flight.

“Manned space exploration is extremely important because it’s something that inspires so many people to study math and science,” Meyen said. “It’s important for our survival and progress as a human race.”

Tarik Yameen with his mentor Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Professor Gary Solbrekken.

Tarik Yameen, a mechanical and aerospace engineer who double majored in French, is from Liberty, Mo. Yameen said that he developed interest in these areas in high school, and chose MU because they have good programs in both. Engineering also appeals to him because of its connection with future progress.

“Engineering is the field of the future. I want to be involved in innovation, efficiency and the advancement of society,” Yameen said.

Yameen was a summer welcome leader in 2008 and participates in Mizzou Rec sports. He said he has enjoyed the atmosphere at MU that allows outlets for anything you may be interested in.

“At Mizzou you have the opportunity to experience a well-rounded environment by getting involved and balancing academics with clubs and leisure,” Yameen said.

Yameen has accepted a job with the Navy as a nuclear engineer and will begin training in June in Charleston, S.C.

Kelsey Kotur with Vice Provost Jim Spain.

Kelsey Kotur, an industrial engineer, went to high school at Parkway South in St. Louis. Both her parents are engineers and she has a lot of respect for the profession. Kotur decided to go to MU after touring the campus and reading about the five-year industrial engineering/MBA program.

“I wanted an academically challenging experience, but also all of the extras like athletics, Greek life, etc.  I can’t imagine being anywhere else,” Kotur said.

Kotur has been active in many organizations including Mortar Board, STRIPES and Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society.

Kotur will intern with Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati this summer and will graduate from MU’s MBA program in May 2012. She hopes to work for Proctor & Gamble after graduation.

“I feel so fortunate and flattered that I was chosen to represent engineering in this amazing group of seniors,” Kotur said.

A full list of the recipients can be found here.



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