The University of Kentucky Paducah Campus celebrated its 15th year by graduating 19 new engineers during the May 9th ceremony held at the McCracken County High School auditorium. 8 chemical engineering graduates and 11 mechanical engineering graduates took the Order of the Engineer oath, conducted by Dr. William Murphy and were inducted into the prestigious profession.
Students Lindsey Thompson and Christina Willett were named outstanding Paducah Chemical engineering students for the 2013-14 school year and ChuYoung Kim was named outstanding Mechanical Engineering student. In addition, mechanical engineering professor, Dr. Vincent Capece, was named the 2014 Outstanding UK Paducah Engineering professor.
Each year the campus also recognizes two junior students and two senior students as outstanding scholars. Sponsored by the Paducah Kiwanis this years awards went to junior chemical engineering student Sean Hackel, junior mechanical engineering student Ezra McNichols, chemical engineering graduate Christina Willett and mechanical engineering graduate Cody Payne.
In addition to the 19 graduates, the UK Paducah campus also recognized a 2012 UK Paducah graduate, Bradley Butler who received his Masters in Mechanical Engineering from main campus in May. Brad, a Paducah Tilghman graduate, spent four years under the direction of Dr. Vincent Capece researching stall characteristics of compressors and continued as a research assistant for Dr. Capece while obtaining his masters in Lexington.
The University of Kentucky Paducah campus has now graduated over 200 engineering students of which nearly 80% are employed in the West Kentucky region.