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ME Department selects first recipient of Professor Bruce Liebert Award

The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Department of Mechanical Engineering selected Kai Outlaw-Spruell as the first recipient of its newly established Prof. Bruce Liebert Award.

In recognition of Dr. Liebert’s past contributions to materials education at the University of Hawaiʻi, this recognition is given to a student or students who demonstrate contributions of materials science and engineering to their projects and work as undergraduates at UH. Additionally, awardees must be graduating seniors who are admitted to graduate school at the UH College of Engineering (PhD, MS, or BS/MS) and have a GPA of 3.0 or greater. As part of this honor, Outlaw-Spruell will be receiving a $1,000 cash award. The award is funded by monies raised or donated by emeritus professor of Mechanical Engineering, Dr. Bruce Liebert.

Outlaw-Spruell is graduating with his B.S. degree this spring, having maintained a 4.0 GPA for the duration of his studies. He is a participant in the Mechanical Engineering Department’s new BS/MS (or Bachelors and Masters, BAM) program, which provides an accelerated pathway to an MS degree. Continuing from his BS degree, he will be pursuing his MS in Mechanical Engineering, focusing on materials research supported through the group of Dr. Nicolas Gaillard of the Hawaiʻi Natural Energy Institute (HNEI).