Graduating senior Abdullah Bader Aleidan – the first recipient of CHEE's new environmental engineering bachelor's degree – will be honored at this year's UA Commencement ceremony with the Robert Logan Nugent Award, one of the University's highest achievements for an undergraduate student.
The Nugent Award recognizes students whose records of accomplishments exemplify the ideals of Robert Logan Nugent, a former UA executive vice president. It is one of four awards presented at Commencement each year.
Originally from Kuwait, Aleidan overcame language and cultural barriers to become an accomplished researcher and member of several student organizations. He is the first Kuwaiti to graduate with dual UA bachelor's degrees in chemical engineering and environmental engineering and dual minors in mathematics and chemistry.
After graduation, he plans to pursue a master's degree in chemical engineering from Johns Hopkins University and then a doctorate.
This is the second consecutive year a student from CHEE was chosen as a commencement award winner. Graduate student Christopher Jabczynski received the UA Provost Award in 2016.