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Centennial native wins College of Engineering award

Luke Allen, a senior majoring in chemical and biological engineering, received the Silver Award, the top honor for undergraduate students.

When people ask Luke Allen if he is ready to work long hours at a full-time job, the Colorado State University senior tells them he looks forward to shorter days.

Between classes, finals, his senior design project, Honors Program thesis and other obligations, the engineering student worked or studied from 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. during his final year.

“Working eight or nine hours doesn’t seem bad compared to what I’ve been doing,” said Allen, who is graduating with a degree in chemical and biological engineering.

A hectic schedule

His hectic schedule is due to the variety of projects in which he is involved.

In addition to his school work, he organized numerous fundraisers through his fraternity, Sigma Nu; sat on CSU’s Interfraternity Council and for a while, interned for an oil and gas company.

But it’s this involvement in his community and CSU plus his academic track record that won him the Silver Award, the College of Engineering’s top award for undergraduate students – presented by the Colorado Engineering Council.

“The award is presented to an engineering student who has excelled academically, demonstrated a commitment to CSU and shows great promise for the future,” said Tom Siller, the College of Engineering’s associate dean for academic affairs. “Luke meets all of those criteria and then some.”

Allen is honored he was selected.

“It’s the highest award an engineering student can receive,” he said. “There are a lot of deserving students in my class.”

The right choice

When the Centennial native arrived at CSU four years ago, he knew he wanted to be an engineer or go into medicine.

Engineering won out.

“I took some engineering courses and I knew it was the right choice,” Allen said.

He landed in chemical and biological engineering after interning with an oil and gas company the summer between his sophomore and junior years.

He assisted with drilling and production efforts and decided he wanted to work in the energy field.

In July, he will start work at Audubon Engineering in Denver and will get to watch the company as it commissions the first liquefied natural gas plant in Colorado.

“It’s a fascinating industry and it’s moving quickly,” Allen said. “I am excited to be part of it.”