2010 Epting/Mathews Co-op Student of the Year

Sam Sullivan

The Cooperative Education Program with the financial support of Northrop Grumman has instituted a new award and scholarship in honor of two former directors, Dr. Luther Epting and Mr. Mike Mathews.   These two gentlemen have made significant contributions to Cooperative Education at Mississippi State as well as on the national level.  It is a great privilege to honor them by naming this new award and $500 scholarship the Epting/Mathews Co-op Student of the Year award.

Samuel Sullivan is the first honoree to receive this award given at a ceremony during Co-op Interview Days in early October.

Sam, a Chemical Engineering student, from Vicksburg MS is finishing his senior year here at MS State with a perfect 4.0 GPA.  He is in his 3rd work term with Georgia Gulf Chemicals and Vinyls in Aberdeen, MS.

Samuel is a member of Omega Chi Epsilon Chemical Engineering Honor Society, the American Institute for Chemical Engineers, and is enrolled in the Shackouls Honors College.  He continues to distinguish himself as a President’s Scholar, Hunter Henry Scholar, Dave C. Swalm Chemical Engineering Scholar, Mississippi Eminent Scholar, and as a Chevron-Texaco Engineering Scholar.   Recently, Sam was nominated and chosen for Chemical Engineering Student of the year.

In addition to excelling academically, Samuel is also an outstanding co-op employee.  His supervisor, Nate Johnson at Georgia Gulf, describes him as exceptionally bright with great communication and problem solving skills.  On the job he regularly demonstrates leadership skills and suggests ways to improve plant operations.

Faculty advisor, Dr. Bill B. Elmore, says that Sam has proven himself to be a man of character dedicated to excellence in all he pursues.  He demonstrates excellence in his academic endeavors, on his co-op assignments and through his involvement in campus ministries and habitat for humanity.  Dr. Elmore stated, “He is one of the most outstanding individuals I have had the privilege of teaching in my years of higher education.”

Sam will represent Mississippi State and The Cooperative Education Program in the National Co-op Student of the Year competition hosted by the American Society for Engineering Education, Cooperative & Experiential Education Division.