College of Engineering Fellows 2020-2021


Christina Core, of Hudson, Ohio, has held an officer position on the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) board since her freshman year. Currently president, she created the NSBE4Change Committee with the vision of seeing actionable change at Purdue University, specifically within the College of Engineering, to ensure that black/minority engineering students receive the respect they deserve and support against microaggression, bigotry and discrimination. In addition, she’s the vice president of the Chemical Engineering Student Ambassadors as well as a mentor and ambassador in the Minority Engineering Program recruitment events.

According to her nominators: “Christina approaches everything she does with integrity. She is not only an excellent student ambassador for Purdue Engineering, but she is also an exceptional student advocate. She has demonstrated incredible leadership and maturity through her work. Christina is not only spurring positive behavior in other engineering undergraduate students, but she is also promoting positive behavior in collaboration with our own Engineering Leadership and College Dean’s Office. As administrators who work closely with graduate students (and recruiting undergraduates from across the country), we can say that Christina’s ‘can-do’ attitude is unmatched and exceptional for an undergraduate going into her senior year.”


Matthew Vining, of Boerne, Texas, has been a student ambassador for the Society of Environmental and Ecological Engineers, a technical team leader in Engineers Without Borders Purdue, a member of The Purdue Student Sustainability Council, a director of Governmental Relations in Purdue Student Government, and is acting as this year's president of MAES (Latinos in Science and Engineering). He has participated in study abroad experiences in Sweden, Denmark and New Zealand. Outside of classes, he works at the Office of Global Engineering Programs and Partnerships as an ambassador coordinator and office assistant. Matthew has interned for the U.S. Air Force Civilian Service as a civil and environmental engineering student trainee and as an undergraduate research assistant with the University of Canterbury, focusing on efforts to use local waste sources as growth mediums and storm water treatment devices on green roofs.

According to his nominators: “Matthew is a collegial student who leads by example and is supportive of his teammates during challenging and stressful times when deadlines for projects are looming. He displays a level of comity and dedication that makes him a wonderful teammate and role model for his peers. Matthew has extensive leadership experience in helping to coordinate and guide teams, which are comprised of students with diverse experiences and backgrounds.”

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More about the Purdue Engineering Fellows: the Purdue College of Engineering named its second class of fellows during a recent virtual event. Thanks to the generosity of benefactors Robert H. Buckman (BSChE '59) and his wife, Joyce A. Mollerup, five students each will receive a $10,000 gift upon graduation in 2021. Students are free to use the funds in any endeavor they see fit.

Nominations are sought from Purdue Engineering faculty and staff at the end of the second semester of the students' junior year. All engineering students at this stage of their college career are eligible to be nominated. A committee then makes final selections.

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