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Colin Hegarty ’20 was awarded the Sibley Prize and named a Merrill Presidential Scholar
Colin Hegarty ’20 was awarded the Sibley Prize in the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, a prize which honors the highest cumulative GPA in the department.
Hegarty was also one of 32 seniors recognized as 2020 Merrill Presidential Scholars, all of which are in the top 1% of their class.
Merrill Presidential Scholars are selected by their college deans for their academic achievements, leadership, and potential to contribute to society. As part of the program, the scholars share the honor with a high school teacher and Cornell faculty member who have inspired them and contributed to their academic development.
Hegarty identified Matt Ulinski, senior lecturer in the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, as the Cornell faculty member who inspired him most.
“Colin started working with me during one of my summer student work programs and is now continuing to work with me on his Master of Engineering Project: building a test frame stand for a satellite test bed,” says Ulinski. “It’s been great to engage with him and watch him grow during his time here.”
Hegarty’s design of a composite wheel barrow for MAE 4131 was described by his professor as one of the most innovative he had seen in the 8 years of teaching the course. He has a long history of exceptional grades and a fantastic attitude towards learning and helping his fellow classmates.
“Colin is one of the top students in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering but, more importantly, Colin is one of the most genuinely kind, considerate and caring human beings I have ever met,” said Matthew Miller, Professor in the Sibley School.