Six Engineers Named To Capital One Academic All-America Team

Senior Jaclyn Konopka
Senior Jaclyn Konopka

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – For the third year in a row, members of the MIT men and women's track and field teams were named to the Capital One Academic All-America team as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Tuesday afternoon. A total of six Engineers were honored, three each from the men's and women's squads.

Senior Tyler Singer-Clark (Falmouth, Mass.) and junior Benjamin Schreck (Sherman Oaks, Calif.), were both named to the Men's Division III Second Team, while senior Jordan Mizerak (Lexington, Mass.) earned a spot on the third team. Seniors Jaclyn Konopka (Novi, Mich.) and Louise van den Heuvel (Nashua, N.H.) each were selected to the Women's Division III Second Team, and classmate Kaitlin Allen (Bedford, N.H.) secured a spot on the third team.

Singer-Clark earns his third Academic All-America honor after being named to the second team last year. A two-time All-American prior to this past season, Singer-Clark was part of the 4x400 relay that finished fourth at both the NCAA Division III Indoor and Outdoor Championships. A computer science and engineering major with a concentration in music, Singer-Clark is a seven-time New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) All-Conference honoree. He held an internship running a digital piano lab and conducted an IBM co-op.  

A first-time All-American pole vaulter that finished eighth during indoor NCAAs and sixth at outdoor NCAAs, Schreck, who earns his first Academic All-America honor, placed first or second in the event 10 times throughout the 2013-14 season. He was second at the NEWMAC Championships, tied for second at the New England Championships and was 13th at NEICAAAs. He was also named to the NEWMAC Academic All-Conference team for the second year in a row. Majoring in electrical engineering and computer science with a concentration in music, Schreck has worked in the Department of Research and Development and the MIT Media Lab Affective Computing Group.  

Mizerak, who earned his first CoSIDA Academic All-District Team honors last month and initial Academic All-America honor, concluded his collegiate career with an eighth place finish in the pole vault at the ECAC Outdoor Championships. His lifetime best vault was at the New England Division III Championships last month where he placed fifth and cleared 15-03.00. He was also named to the NEWMAC Academic All-Conference team each of the past three years. Mizerak interned at Altaeros Energies and worked with the Precision Engineering Research Group, and the Space Systems Laboratory. He also received the Louis N. Tuomala Award for excellence in thermal fluids engineering.

Konopka earned her second straight Academic All-America honor after being named second team All-America last year. At the New England Division III Indoor Championships, she placed second in the pentathlon and tied for second in the high jump, while at indoor NCAAs she was 15th in the pentathlon. During the outdoor season, she finished second in the 100m hurdles and fifth in the long jump at the NEWMAC Championships. A brain and cognitive sciences major with minors in chemistry and biology, Konopka has done research in the Nedivi Lab where she was an Honorable Mention for Outstanding Research, as well as in the Early Childhood Cognition Lab and the Fee Lab. She was also the president of Brain Trust. 

A member of both the cross country and track and field teams, van den Heuvel, who earns her third Academic All-America honors, was a two-time All-American at the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships in the distance medley relay and the mile. At the NEWMAC Championships last month, she was sixth in the 800m and fourth in the 1,500m. She has completed internships with IDEXX and DEKA and was recently named one of the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Award finalists. A mechanical engineering major with a minor in music, van den Heuvel was named to the conference's academic all-conference team every year since she was a sophomore.
Allen, a member of the cross country and track and field teams, was named to the Academic All-District team for the first time in her four years and earned her initial Academic All-America honors. At the NEWMAC Championships in April, she finished third in the 5,000m. She was also All-New England for cross country and raced at the NCAA Cross Country Championships. The biology major and science, technology and society minor was named to the NEWMAC Academic All-Conference team each of the past three years. She has worked with cancer nanotechnology in the Bhatia Lab and conducted a UROP and researched module tissue engineering in the Khademhosseini Lab.