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Distinguished Young Alumni Awardee: Brendan McKiernan

July 11, 2011

Brendan   Among the festivities of Homecoming, Rose-Hulman will proudly present Brendan McKiernan with the Distinguished Young Alumni Award.

After graduating Rose-Hulman in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science in biomedical engineering, Brendan joined the Alliance for Catholic Education, a service through teaching program run by the University of Notre Dame. There, Brendan taught inner-city youth in New Orleans while earning his Master of Education.

"My experiences at Rose were instrumental in defining my professional educational philosophy," McKiernan states.  "While at Rose, the academic expectations helped me experience and value the idea of challenging yourself in your education. My experience through the Learning Center and being an RA showed me the value of asking and answering questions and of community in your education."


McKiernan is currently teaching high school math, developing the Advanced Placement curriculum, and directing the middle school intramural and interscholastic sports for Holy Cross School in New Orleans.

"As a non-traditional Rose-Hulman graduate, I am both surprised and honored to receive this award.  Rose not only provides excellent academic preparation but also outstanding development as a person and citizen; ideals I bring into my classroom daily."