Robert J. Shillman Awards for Engineering Excellence

The Robert J. Shillman Award was established by Robert J. Shillman, E’68, H’00, trustee emeritus at Northeastern and founder of Cognex Corp., to celebrate extraordinary academic achievement in the fields of engineering and computer science. Presented to those rising seniors with the highest cumulative GPAs, this award recognizes the drive, focus, and dedication of students who demonstrate academic excellence.

Award Recipients 

emmaJonathan Gray, E’16, mechanical engineering major

After a weeklong trip to Space Camp in fifth grade, Jonathan knew that he wanted to be a mechanical engineer, and he considers transferring to Northeastern from a neighboring university the best decision he has ever made. Engineering coursework as well as undergraduate research positions on campus have provided Jonathan with a foundational knowledge base, while two co-op experiences at ATA Engineering offered him a high level of responsibility and sparked his interest in fluid dynamics and finite element analysis. After graduation, Jonathan intends to return for a master’s degree and pursue a career in the aerospace industry.

emmaLogan Jackson, E’16, civil engineering major

A high school valedictorian, Logan became familiar with Northeastern’s experiential learning model through the College of Engineering’s Summer Bridge Program. She has spent more than two years as an undergraduate research assistant, helping design a fiber-optic sensor to detect key indicators for a potential building collapse, which eventually earned funding from the National Science Foundation. Logan completed two co-ops at Suffolk Construction and Skanska, and currently serves as president of the Black Engineering Student Society on campus. In addition to being named a member of the Huntington 100 last year, Logan this year received the President’s Award.

emmaSean Kerr, E’16, electrical engineering major, computer engineering minor

Sean has a passion for firmware and hardware integration and a belief that to design better hardware systems, he needs to have a working understanding of a broad range of subjects. He worked at Draper Laboratory during his first co-op, gaining an understanding of different debugging and automation tools for software and systems testing. His second co-op, at Rogers Corp., provided him with an opportunity to put his skills into action by researching product platforms, and developing his own test methodology and test systems. When he is not studying or working, he can be found singing with UniSons, Northeastern’s all-male a cappella group, for which he serves as treasurer.

emmaJoel Shaffer, E’16, civil engineering major in BS/MS program

Joel has selected classes and co-ops focused on transportation engineering with a goal of mitigating the effects of climate change through clean, efficient modes of transportation. His current co-op at Toole Design Group focuses on pedestrian and bicycling safety networks, for which he is well prepared thanks to his participation in a Sustainable Transportation Dialogue of Civilizations to the Netherlands. He has also completed two co-ops in rail transportation at VBH and at Parsons Brinckerhoff. Joel has held leadership positions in the student chapters of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Institute of Transportation Engineers. He received the President’s Award in 2014 and 2015.