University of South Alabama, Office of Public Relations
May 22, 2008
Contact: Leigh Patton, Office of Public Relations, (251) 460-6211

Two Students Awarded at the University
of South Alabama Career Services Center

Stephanie Johnston and Deepthi Lankala
Stephanie Johnston and Deepthi Lankala

Stephanie “Skye” Johnston and Deepthi Lankala, recent graduates of the University of South Alabama, were given the annual Co-op and Internship awards from the USA Career Services Center. The awards are for students of the year in outstanding cooperative education.

Johnston is a recipient of the Alternating Co-op Award. The Gulfport, Miss., native graduated May 3 with a major in chemical engineering. She spent three alternating semesters with MeadWestvaco in Cottonton, Ala., from summer 2005 to December 2006. After completing with MeadWestvaco, she worked as a process intern with Hargrove and Associates.

Johnston was the planning committee member for the Special Olympics of Mobile County, a chair member for the USA chapter of Society of Women Engineers and a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers for the USA chapter. She earned the John Stark Mobile Oilmen’s Association Award in fall 2007 and was on the dean’s list the same semester.

Johnston started employment full time at the Ciba Corporation as an automation engineer after graduation.

Lankala is from Hyderabad, India, and a graduate of USA with a master’s degree in electrical engineering. She was awarded the 2007-2008 Cooperative Education Internship Award in the 2007-2008 academic year.

Lankala has been working at the Mobile Aerospace Engineering at Brookley Field since graduation in December 2007.

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