Student Award Honors Late Adjunct Professor

The Cliff Tanzler Memorial Prize was given to two outstanding graduating seniors


Cliff Tanzler Memorial Prize

In memory of a former adjunct professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Tara Hofferth '15 and Jade Van Streepen '15 were awarded the Cliff Tanzler Memorial Prize earlier this year for academic careers defined by excellence both in and out of the classroom.

Hofferth, a civil engineering major, was a project manager for the Lehigh chapter of Bridges to Prosperity. She helped lead two club trips to Panama, which resulted in the construction of a 243-foot bridge that connects two remote villages over the Rio Indio. Upon graduating, Hofferth accepted as position at Louis Berger as a structural engineer.

Van Streepen, an environmental engineering major, played volleyball during her four years at Lehigh. During her senior year, she earned second-team All-Patriot League and Academic All-League honors while helping lead the Mountain Hawks to a 14-2 league record – the best in school history. This fall, she'll be pursuing her Master's degree in management at Lehigh as a President's Scholar.

The two recipients were selected for their academic achievements, as well as their humanitarian efforts, proven leadership abilities, and time and energy given to department efforts during their Lehigh career.

The prize's namesake was an adjunct professor of civil engineering. Tanzler taught a class about construction management and economics. Outside of Lehigh, he owned Critical Path Project Management based in New Jersey, where he resided with his wife and three daughters. Professor Tanzler passed away on June 16, 2012.

—John Gilpatrick

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