MechSE Undergraduate Academic Advisor, Stephanie Ott-Monsivais was named this year’s Kay Kappes Golden Shamrock.
She is the 24th recipient of the award, which is given to a staff member who supports students in The Grainger College of Engineering, using the same criterion that’s used to define Knights of St. Patrick. Golden Shamrock recipients are individuals who have demonstrated leadership and service, contributed to the enhancement of student activities, and maintained a high level of character. Additionally, they may have been a mentor to one or more of the Knights-elect.
Ott-Monsivais has served MechSE as an academic advisor since 2017. She earned dual degrees in engineering mechanics and applied math from UIUC in 2006 and her master’s degree in theoretical and applied mechanics in 2008.
The award is named after Kay Kappes, a former engineering staff member who demonstrated exemplary service and ever-lasting commitment to hundreds of students throughout her career. Many of the Knights’ legacies and traditions can be directly attributed to her work in the college. She passed away in August 2016, and the Kay Kappes Golden Shamrock Award serves to celebrate her invaluable contributions to many generations of Knights.
“Stephanie has been a gem for the MechSE Department. She has been an amazing resource for various student organizations like SEM, while supporting students’ personal goals. Her long career within MechSE stands as an inspiration for all undergrads who walk through the UPO,” said MechSE senior Anthony Valiaveedu, who was also named a Knight of St. Patrick this year.