Junior chosen for Yates award

Published: May 13, 2010 5:00:00 PM
Media Contact: Sally Credille, src0007@auburn.edu, 334-844-3447

David Harris, a junior in Auburn University's Department of Chemical Engineering, recently received a Susan Stacy Entrenkin Yates award for 2010. The award, sponsored by Auburn's chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, is presented annually to outstanding juniors and was established by pharmacy graduate S. Blake Yates '33 in honor of his mother. Harris is the second engineering student since 2002 to earn the award.

Harris accepted the award at Phi Kappa Phi's spring initiation and awards ceremony held in April. He was nominated by chemical engineering faculty members Virginia Davis and Mark Byrne, who is his academic adviser. Earlier this year, Harris was named a 2010 Barry M. Goldwater Scholar, awarded to only 300 students nationwide and widely considered one of the most prestigious undergraduate awards in the country. Harris' undergraduate studies and research include biomedical applications of chemical engineering and polymer engineering to make a safer and more effective drug-eluting stent.

Yates was a distinguished member of Phi Kappa Phi who believed in encouraging and recognizing academic excellence. The award is funded from Yates' estate.

Contributed by Cassity Hughes