AUSTIN, TX – Johns Hopkins graduate and four-year standout on the men’s fencing team Glenn Balbus has added yet another honor to his impressive resume. It was announced on Tuesday afternoon that he was named the 2016 CoSIDA At-Large Academic All-American of the Year for Division III. Balbus is the sixth athlete from Hopkins to be named CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year and fifth in the last seven years. He also earns First Team Academic All-America honors.
Balbus earned his degree in mechanical engineering in May and graduated with a 4.00 cumulative GPA. A two-time First Team Academic All-American, he is the eighth student-athlete at Johns Hopkins to earn the honor twice and the third in the last three years.
Balbus was the recipient of an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. He was also a finalist for a prestigious Rhodes Scholarship and will begin work on his Ph.D in Materials Science at UC Santa Barbara this fall. He also received the Johns Hopkins’ Charles A. Miller, William N. Sharpe, Jr., Roberty G. Gerstmyer and Dr. William Howard Awards during his career.
Balbus was a volunteer wheelchair fencing coach, a volunteer tutor for STEM Achievement in Baltimore Elementary Schools (SABES) and the team captain for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life. He was a research assistant in the JHU Department of Mechanical Engineering for Dr. Kevin for two and a half years. He worked on several projects under Dr. Hemker’s team including aiding in machining and testing of several TBC compositions; designing, building and implementing a high temperature furnace for thermal expansion testing of thin films; and aiding in preparation and tensile testing of several directionally solidified super-alloys and Polymer Matrix Composites.
Balbus was also a teaching assistant in the JHU Department of Mechanical Engineering. Last summer, he interned with Textron Systems in Ground Control Station Products. He also has interned with the Turner Construction Company in the Field Engineering Department. In the summer of 2011, he was the BIM Coordination Intern on the Madison Square Garden renovation. Two years later, he was a Field Engineering Intern on the World Trade Center Tower 2 Project.