2017 Class of Razorback Classics Includes Recent Industrial Engineering Graduate

2017 Razorback Classics


The Arkansas Alumni Association recently announced the 2017 Class of Razorback Classics. The students were selected as the top 11 male or female graduating students at the University of Arkansas. This is the pinnacle of the Arkansas Alumni Association awards program that started in the fall with hundreds of nominations. The selection committee of over 100 alumni and administrators judged each applicant based on academic excellence, leadership and campus or community involvement. This award looks at the entire student experience, said Ryan Miller, associate director for student and young alumni outreach. Seventy-one graduating seniors were selected in the fall as the Class of 2017 Seniors of Significance. These students resubmitted their applications this spring and these 22 students rose to the top as this year's Razorback Classics.

Industrial Engineering graduate, Ashleigh Hegwood of McKinney, Texas, was among those honored.

photo of Ashleigh HegwoodDuring her career at the University of Arkansas, Ashleigh participated in the Walmart Merchant Talent Program. She also completed three internships working as a Walt Disney World Industrial Engineering Professional Intern, a Frito-Lay Supply Chain Intern, and a John Deere Performance and Reliability Engineering Intern.

Ashleigh has served as the President of the Big Brothers Big Sisters Registered Student Organization and is involved with the Student Integrated Intern Research Experience (SIIRE).

She is a member of the Society of Women Engineers, Alpha Lambda Delta First-Year Honor Society, Alpha Pi Mu and served as Public Relations Committee Chair for Delta Gamma. She served as Project Manager for her Senior Design Team in Industrial Engineering and was recognized with the Best Presenter Award for her presentation.

In October 2014, Ashleigh had the privilege of being nominated by the industrial engineering faculty for the first ever Walmart Collegiate Innovators’ Challenge and her team won the event. She has also received scholarships from the Arkansas Academy of Industrial Engineering in 2014 & 2015. Ashleigh commented “I am incredibly honored and humbled to have been recognized. I am so thankful for the friends, family, faculty, staff, and mentors who have stood by me day in and day out throughout my college career. I would not have been able to do it without them!”

The full announcement can be viewed here.

April 13, 2017