Berkeley Alumnus Recognized by Stanford University

Berkeley Preparatory School would like to congratulate and recognize Theo Diamandis '14 for earning the Frederick Emmons Terman Engineering Scholastic Award, presented annually by Stanford University to only the top five percent of the undergraduate senior engineering class. Terman scholars attend a celebratory luncheon and invite the most influential secondary school or other pre-college teacher who guided them during the formative stages of their academic career. Diamandis invited none other than Berkeley biology teacher Martha DeWeese as his honored guest to the Stanford campus for the award presentation. He credits Mrs. DeWeese’s guidance at Berkeley for much of the success he has garnered as an outstanding undergraduate engineering student.

“As a teacher, your dream for all your students is that they will leave your classroom prepared to spread their wings and soar to great heights as they move on to their collegiate years of study,” said DeWeese. “There are no words to describe the tremendous emotional high I felt as I physically witnessed Theo Diamandis becoming a recipient of the prestigious Terman Award. It was truly one of the greatest honors I have experienced in my lifetime. I could not have been prouder of Theo. He is an exceptionally talented young man with the grit and determination found in the core of people destined for being most successful.”

The exclusivity of the invite is not one to be taken lightly and is only bestowed to those educators who are credited for having the strongest academic influence on the award recipients. “One of the greatest highlights of the weekend was having the opportunity to sit in a Stanford University lecture hall along with 100 freshman and sophomore electrical engineering students and two professors observing Theo teach the Prelab electrical engineering class,” DeWeese explained. “He was prepared, knowledgeable, and passionate. He demonstrated a pedagogical style found only in a gifted teacher. Theo epitomizes everything stated in the Berkeley motto – diligence, integrity, and discipline.”

The award is named after Fred Terman who was the fourth Dean of the School of Engineering at Stanford, serving from 1944-1958, after which he became the Provost at the University, and is generally credited, along with President Wally Sterling, as having started the process that has led Stanford to its present position among the leading universities of the world.


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