|UND engineering student wins national honor|
Mitch Braegelmann, UND chemical engineering graduate student, has been named one of five Laureates by Tau Beta Pi (TBP), the national engineering honor society. The Laureate program is the association's annual program to recognize gifted engineering students who have excelled in areas beyond their technical majors.
Braegelmann, North Dakota Beta '08, graduated from St. Cloud Tech High School in St. Cloud Minn. Captain of UND's football team, he accumulated many sporting awards, including being named to ESPN The Magazine's All-America team. More than this, he has provided many hours of service to his University community, as well as the wider Grand Forks community.
He has volunteered for the past four winters with Holiday Magic for Marcus, using donated money to buy Christmas presents for children with serious illnesses. When a nearby town was hit by a tornado last spring, he went with other students to help in the cleanup operation.
On the academic front, Braegelmann was inducted into TBP the first semester he was eligible and has maintained his grades ever since. He has been an active chapter member, especially in math tutoring sessions where chapter members help students with calculus and other math problems. He made the academic first team twice, an achievement for an engineering major, and was sophomore chemical engineer of the year, along with freshman and junior finalist for that award. His areas of interest include experimental design, polymer science, and materials and corrosion. He has also been active in the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE).
Braegelmann has started three seasons on the offensive line for UND's football team, two years at center, and one at guard. Other awards have included UND offensive lineman of the year in 2006-07.
He joins 2008 Laureates from the University of Arizona, University of Florida, University of Wyoming,and the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and 60 other remarkable members who have been named Laureates since 1982.