As a student in the classroom, researcher in the lab, and a leader in professional and humanitarian work, Darcy Akers has excelled in many areas during her time in the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Akers, a senior, has been honored with the 2015 College of Engineering Dean’s Medal for Academic Excellence.
Each year, the UW Engineering dean recognizes two exceptional students for academic excellence. Students are selected from among those nominated by department chairs and evaluated on criteria including grades, rigor and distribution of courses, research experience, extracurricular activities, and leadership.
Akers, who will graduate this June magna cum laude, was recognized by faculty as an extremely bright student and a strong leader. A member of Engineers Without Borders for four years, Akers has assumed progressively larger roles in the organization. As the International Project Director, she managed a project in a rural Guatemalan community, which involved leading her team, authoring extensive technical reports, and managing interpersonal relationships on the ground in Guatemala.
For the past three years, Akers has worked as an Intern Engineer with the City of Bellevue – Transportation Department. Incorporating her experience with the city’s new traffic signal system data into an independent study, one of her nominators states that “the result could easily be a system that gives the city’s engineers a better understanding of the system’s performance and ways to track that performance under revised control decisions.”
Akers has also participated in multiple research projects, Engineering Rome study abroad, and is a College of Engineering Peer Mentor. She is the recipient of a number of scholarships, including the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) Undergraduate Student Award, Coral Sales, and Emerging Leaders in Engineering.
After graduating, Akers will work for the City of Bellevue Transportation Department as a Signal Operations Engineer.
“Darcy is a truly exceptional student that comes around only a few times in one’s career as a professor,” wrote a faculty member in his nomination letter.