Brian Rockwell Named Academic All-Big Ten, Receives MSU's President's Award

May 27, 2011

Brian Rockwell, who maintained a perfect 4.0 GPA while double majoring in mechanical engineering and economics, was named Academic All-Big Ten in men’s swimming and diving. He also received a President’s Award from MSU’s Student-Athlete Support Services (SASS), the most prestigious award given by SASS to a male and a female graduating senior with the highest cumulative grade point average and who has exhausted their eligibility in the 2010-11 school year.

Rockwell was presented with the President’s Award during the 14th annual Academic Gala on April 11, an event that honors Spartan athletic teams and the student-athletes for their tremendous success in the classroom during the 2010-11 academic year. Student-athletes with at least a sophomore academic standing and a 3.0 or better cumulative GPA were honored, as well as a number of individual award winners who excelled not only in the classroom, but in other endeavors as well. In all, 267 student-athletes were honored on April 11, up from 240 a year ago.

At the Gala, Rockwell also received a Scholar-Athlete Award for men’s swimming and diving; this award is presented to the individual from each team who has reached at least junior academic status, has received a minimum of one varsity letter, and while meeting these requirements, maintains the highest cumulative grade point average on their team.

A top student-athlete, Rockwell has embraced every aspect of his college experience while executing his path of success. He is a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and Honors College member. In addition to his excellence in the classroom, Rockwell has demonstrated leadership in the community as the president of Pi Tau Sigma (a mechanical engineering honor society) and as a member of Tau Beta Pi (an engineering honor society founded in 1885).

This summer, Rockwell, of Houston, Texas, is interning at Chrysler in the powertrain division. In the fall he will begin working on his master’s degree in mechanical engineering at Stanford University. He is the son of Jim and Kathy Rockwell.

Rockwell’s advice to incoming students: “Do everything you can to take advantage of the incredible opportunities that MSU and the College of Engineering have to offer.”

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