Hard Working Engineering Major Wins
HOLLAND – Hope College Engineering/French double major Courtney Clum
(’06) had been a dedicated worker in the classroom and across campus
during her time at Hope. Her work did not go unnoticed; Clum is the recipient
of the Southland Medal (Gerrit H. Albers Gold Medal), an award presented to
the outstanding woman of the senior class.
In 2004, Clum was instrumental in starting an Engineers
Without Borders chapter at Hope and went on to become its vice-president
in her senior year. She and 4 other members traveled to Cameroon in March
of 2006 in order find a suitable source of water for a village of 500
people. Her role as an officer in EWB brought
several responsibilities for organization this international effort.
During the summer of 2005, Clum worked with Professor Roger Veldman. Their
project was titled “Modeling
of a Blast Loaded Flat Panel with Stringers”. They examined the
amount of deformation in the plates and in the stringers and their results
were presented at conferences in Orlando, FL and Dearborn, MI and were published
in the October 2006 issue of the International Journal of Impact Engineering.
In part because of her research, she was one of those awarded with the engineering
Sigma Xi Research Awards.
In addition to her other awards, Clum was awarded an engineering Phi Beta Kappa
award for a high level of scholarship in that field as well as the Senior
Engineering Prize. She is also a past winner of the Clare Boothe Luce Scholarship
for women working in the natural sciences