Published: Aug 21, 2008 9:26:54 AM
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Mark Glassford and Gentry Snider, students in Auburn University's Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, have been named Tim Cook Leadership Scholars for the 2008-2009 academic year. The scholarship, founded by Auburn ISE alumnus Tim Cook, chief operating officer of Apple Inc., recognizes ISE students with significant academic achievements, strong evidence of non-academic university involvement and leadership and strong evidence of community involvement and commitment.
Glassford, a junior and Birmingham native, is a co-op student with Tubular Products Company in Birmingham. While there, he is responsible for plant improvement processes, including creating, revamping and organizing plant-wide training courses. Glassford is involved with the Auburn University Impact program and received the Fall 2005 Outstanding Impact Member of the Semester Award. He was recently inducted to Tau Beta Pi, Auburn's elite engineering honor society and to Alpha Pi Mu, the industrial engineering honor society.
"Through leadership, knowledge and determination I aspire to accomplish and carry out the goals of industrial engineering to the best of my abilities," said Glassford. "With the support from the Auburn Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering and my family and the generosity from Mr. Tim Cook, I will continue to develop and sharpen my skills and aim to do my best wherever life takes me."
Snider, a junior from Columbiana, Ala., has completed two co-op terms in the quality department with Freudenberg-NOK, an elastomeric seals company. Her duties there include lean systems, document control and improvement of quality controls, employee training, product testing and correspondence. Snider is the publicity chair for Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society, treasurer for Alpha Pi Mu and is the webmaster for Delta Epsilon Iota honor society. She is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.
"I believe that community service is important for the continued growth and well-being of a community and the people within that community," said Snider. "Working for Freudenberg has taught me how to work with a team be led by managers and others around me," said Snider. "I am hopeful that developing my leadership skills today will better prepare me for leadership opportunities in the future.
Additional information about Auburn ISE can be found at http://eng.auburn.edu/programs/insy/index.html.