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Hope Engineer Wins Scholar-Athlete Award


HOLLAND – Each year, the Otto Van Der Velde All Campus Award is presented to the senior man who contributed the most to the college in athletics, scholarship and student activity participation. This past year, the winner was Kurtis Blohm of Wilmington, OH.

Blohm was an Engineering major who was a captain of the Hope’s Men’s Swimming Team. He currently holds the school record in the 50-meter freestyle and the 200-meter freestyle relay as well as three all-time league records. Kurt was a three-time All-American in swimming and named the National Swimmer of the Week in 2006 by CollegeSwimming.com.

Also while at Hope, Blohm worked for Professor Misovich doing Chemical Engineering Research to improve the methods of predicting vapor pressure from temperature using the Soave-Redlich-Kwong cubic equation of state. After working a summer with Professor Misovich, the following year Kurt went on to a summer internship at Argonne National Laboratory. For his senior design project, Blohm developed a water purifier which could be used in third world nations to reduce the number of harmful pathogens in the water.

In addition, Blohm participated in Hope’s Engineers Without Borders project in Cameroon in May 2006. There they installed a water system for a village with no access to a clean water supply.

In a recent statement, Blohm said “At Hope, I was able to focus on my studies in addition to competing on a high level of athletic competition, all the while having a great time and making life-long friends on the team and within the engineering department.”

Professor John Krupczak, Jr., chair of the engineering department, acknowledged “We are thrilled that Kurt was recognized and received this all-campus award. Kurt is an exceptional scholar and athlete. In every area Kurt brings his talent, enthusiasm, great integrity, sense of responsibility and, most of all, friendly nature to achieve outstanding results.”