Cornwell receives College of Engineering Faculty Senior Scholarship

Neil Cornwell, Dean Louis Martin Vega, Dr. Jerome Lavelle

From left: Dr. Louis Martin-Vega, dean of the College of Engineering; Neil Cornwell; Dr. Jerome Lavelle, associate dean of academic affairs

The College of Engineering is honored to name biomedical engineering student Neil Cornwell as the 2018 Faculty Senior Scholarship recipient.

The Faculty Senior Scholarship is awarded annually to a full-time student who exemplifies academic excellence, intellectual breadth and depth of character. The recipient must be a full-time student with a projected graduation date in the following academic year.

With a career goal of becoming a physician and an interest in engineering, Cornwell merged the two and decided to pursue a degree in the UNC/NC State Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering. He sees the joint degree program as the perfect harmony of actively learning more about the medical field while also gaining the intangible skills only learned from an engineering undergraduate major.

Cornwell, with a passion for helping others, decided to make it his goal to improve diagnostic platforms to help health care providers including physicians — which he hopes to one day be — to diagnose, treat and monitor their patients. He has succeeded academically during his time at NC State, maintaining a GPA above a 4.0. He is the recipient of a Lucas Scholar Fellowship in 2018, which supported his biomedical engineering research, and is a Goodnight Scholar.

Throughout his undergraduate career he has made it a priority to help others through his involvement with Habitat for Humanity at NC State. Cornwell has served as fundraising officer, vice president and president for the group. As president, he successfully co-led the group’s most ambitious Shack-A-Thon to date, raising more than $56,000 to help raise awareness and funds for the need of affordable housing in Wake County. Additionally, he was responsible for leading the implementation of the inaugural Brickyard Blitz event this semester, in which students came together and built the walls for several Habitat homes on NC State’s Brickyard.

The College of Engineering is proud to have Cornwell as one of its many highly successful undergraduates and is excited about his bright future as he continues to work toward important research efforts that support human health and wellbeing.