2023 Investiture

Dartmouth Engineering's 2023 Investiture ceremony took place on Saturday, June 10 at the West End Circle, near Cummings Hall and the Irving Institute for Energy and Society. Gilda Barabino, president and professor of biomedical and chemical engineering at Olin College, delivered the keynote address.

Investiture is held the day before Dartmouth Commencement and honors graduating BE, MEM, MEng, MS, and PhD students through the presentation of academic hoods, caps, and awards.

Livestream Recording

Investiture Program

Dean Alexis Abramson
Dean Alexis Abramson (Photo by Mark Washburn)


Faculty Marshal: John Zhang
Student Marshals: (see article)
Connor Coale, BE Candidate, concentration in computer engineering
Arun Somasundaram, MEM Candidate
Brook K. Byrd, PhD Candidate in the Innovation Program with a certificate in Medical Physics


Alexis Abramson, Dean & Professor
David Kotz '86
, Provost
Philip Hanlon '77, President

Recognition of Award Recipients

Student Awards: (award descriptions)

  • Faculty Award for Academic Excellence: Andrew J. Bean
  • Dartmouth Society of Engineers Prize: Ariel Attias, Julia R. Bellamy, Cameron M. Hasund, Margaret J. Knox, Sarah Xunzhi Lou, and Scarlett C. R. Souter
  • Charles F. and Ruth D. Goodrich Prize: Posie Millett
  • Corporate Collaboration Council Engineering Management Prize: Runqing Liu
  • Caroline Henderson Prize: Claire E. Picken
  • John C. Woodhouse Engineering Design Prize: Samantha Carranza, River B. Fenton, Nicholas M. Hagler, Rose M. Iannuzzi, Walden T. Marshall, and Nina Nesselbush
  • John C. Woodhouse Environmental Engineering Prize: Tejaswini Chatty and David Clemens-Sewall
  • Brieanna S. Weinstein Engineering Design Prize: Daniel S. Abate, MacKenzie Grace Guynn, Azariah Javillonar, Di Luo, and Zhanel Nugmanova
  • John W. Strohbehn, PhD, Memorial Prize: Arthur Félix Pétusseau
  • Dartmouth Engineering Prize for Graduate Research Excellence: Congran Jin
  • Don Stayner Th'16 Changemaker Award: Ariana I. Arvelo Marchan, Abbi Fitzpatrick, William B. Gano Jr., and Eliana L. Ray
  • Dean's Service Award: Bishal Dev Sharma

Faculty, Staff, and Community Awards: (award descriptions)

  • Outstanding Service Award for Staff: David A. McDevitt, associate director of facilities and Ashley Parker, faculty affairs manager
  • Outstanding Service Award for Faculty: Solomon G. Diamond, associate professor of engineering and co-director, Design Initiative at Dartmouth (DIAD)
  • Thayer Diversity and Inclusion Award: Julia Abraham, research and institutional analyst and Chase Yakaboski, PhD candidate
  • Thayer Distinguished Research Award for Faculty: Weiyang Fiona Li, William P. Harris career development associate professor of engineering
  • Woodhouse Excellence in Teaching Award: William J. Scheideler, assistant professor of engineering

Student Address

Vanessa Pinney '21 Th'22, MEM Candidate (see transcript)

Investiture hooding ceremony
(Photo by Mark Washburn)

Presentation of Robert Fletcher Award

Alexis Abramson, Dean & Professor

Keynote Address

Gilda Barabino, President and Professor of Biomedical and Chemical Engineering, Olin College (see transcript)

Conferring of Hoods

Faculty advisors in attendance confer hoods to their respective PhD candidates.

Closing Remarks


Graduates and faculty recess and gather in Class of 1982 Engineering and Computer Science Center for a class photo.


Reception immediately follows on the patio outside the Class of 1982 Engineering and Computer Science Center.

Photos & Video

Photos are available for free to download from Thayer's Flickr photostream.

The video is posted on Thayer's YouTube channel.

Each graduate also has the opportunity to purchase their photo with the dean through GradImages. Graduates, please check your email and mail for more information about how to purchase these photos.

West End Circle

The West End Circle is at the end of Tuck Mall, in front of Thayer's Cummings Hall and the Irving Institute for Energy and Society.

Campus Maps

Investiture Archive

Access information, photos, and videos from previous Investiture ceremonies.