Beecher Loftus Leadership and Service Award in Nuclear Engineering

The Beecher Loftus Leadership and Service Award recognizes a nuclear engineering student who has gone above and beyond in acts of service and leadership in his or her department, college, university or community related to the field of nuclear engineering.

This award was endowed through a gift from Patricia Beecher Loftus, a nuclear engineering alumna.


Consideration for this award shall be given to all undergraduate students majoring in Nuclear Engineering who have demonstrated a high degree of excellence in leadership and service in the field of Nuclear Engineering and who anticipate graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nuclear Engineering during the academic year in which the award is granted. While the primary emphasis will be on leadership and service to the Nuclear Engineering Program, all leadership and service activities, including Department, College and University activities related to the nuclear engineering field, as well as internship or co-op experience in the nuclear industry may be considered.

Nomination Process

Students may self-nominate for this award; calls for applications are sent out to nuclear engineering students early in the fall semester. Recipients are selected by a committee appointed by the Nuclear Engineering program chair, who will serve as chair of the selection committee.

Past Recipients

  • Christopher Balbier (2020)
  • Emily Humes (2019)
  • Shannon Fairchild (2018)
  • Jeremy Barnhart (2017)
  • Travis Smith (2016)
  • Mara Levy (2015)
  • Catherine Perego (2014)
  • Timothy Jacomb-Hood (2013)
  • Keegan Behm (2012)
  • Michael Pantano (2011)
  • Emily Stumbris (2010)
  • Stephanie Zwolinski (2009)


The Ken and Mary Alice Lindquist Department of Nuclear Engineering at Penn State is one of the top ranked nuclear engineering programs in the United States. The department distinguishes itself with a strong focus on experimental research. The actively growing department leads four educational programs for students pursuing a bachelor of science, a master of science, a master of engineering, or a doctoral degree. The Radiation Science and Engineering Center (RSEC) facilities, including the Breazeale Reactor, are available to nuclear engineering faculty and students at Penn State for research and instruction. RSEC houses the Breazeale Nuclear Reactor, the country’s first and longest operating licensed nuclear research reactor. Having access to an operating research reactor is a key strength for the department and enables Penn State to harness research and educational opportunities that are unique in the United States. See how we’re inspiring change and impacting tomorrow at

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