On February 25, 2011, Carl Kirpes, a senior in mechanical engineering and industrial and manufacturing systems engineering, was presented with the Wallace E. Barron All-University Senior Award. Kirpes was among five seniors who received the honor. The award was presented during the Iowa State University Alumni Association’s board of director’s luncheon, and the awardees will also be recognized at a leadership reception at the Knoll on May 1.
Established in 1968, the award recognizes outstanding seniors who display high character, outstanding achievement in academics and university/community activities, and promise for continuing these exemplary qualities as alumni. It is named for Wallace E. “Red” Barron (Class of ’28), who served as director of alumni affairs at Iowa State from 1937 to 1968. Awardees receive recognition and the Official Iowa State University Ring, compliments of the ISU Alumni Association.
Kirpes epitomizes the concept of a well-rounded Iowa State student who has consistently displayed a passion for learning and leading. He was co-president of Alpha Lambda Delta/Phi Eta Sigma Honors Society, where he inspired members to provide greater community outreach and was so successful that the organization received the Phi Eta Sigma Commendation for Excellence and the Alpha Lambda Delta National Delta Award. He has been active in Iowa State’s Engineering Leadership Program, Iowa State Leadership Experience, the Institute of Industrial Engineers, Destination Iowa State, Emerging Leaders, Martin Hall Senate, the Virtual Reality Applications Center REU Mentoring program, Freshman Council, and the Iowa State football team.
Read about his other accolades in his full biography.