The 2010 Thomas and Elizabeth Anderson Scholarship has been awarded to Mr. Luke R. Thompson, a senior mechanical engineering student. The Anderson Scholarship was established in 2004 by the generous donation of the late Professor Thomas P. Anderson's family for Mechanical Engineering at SIUE. This is the seventh year the Anderson Scholarship has been granted to a junior or senior who displays outstanding academic achievement in the field of Mechanical Engineering. The scholarship is under the guidance of the SIUE Mechanical Engineering faculty. This year, the scholarship pays $1,500 towards the tuition of the recipient.
The faculty picked Luke for his exceptional academic achievement. Luke began his collegiate academic career at Western Illinois University in the fall of 2006 and transferred to SIUE in the summer of 2008 to pursue his interest in mechanical engineering. Luke flourished at SIUE, where he has been on the Dean's List every semester. Luke's outstanding academic record allowed him to obtain a summer internship in 2010 with Falex Corporation. During Luke's time with Falex, he worked on numerous projects including analyzing the heat transfer and coking tendencies of jet fuel. In the fall of 2010, Luke became president of the SIUE Cougar Baja team, which has provided him with an opportunity to lead the design and manufacturing of a transaxle. Luke hopes that this project will help him in his pursuit of becoming an automotive design engineer.
Luke has come to SIUE from Sandwich, Illinois. He is the son of John Thompson, a cryogenic technician at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, and Karen Thompson, a middle school teacher at Sandwich Middle School. He has an older brother, Jake Thompson, who is an agronomy sales representative. In his free time, Luke enjoys hunting fishing, and automotive restoration.