Information on the Thomas Arkle Clark Award
PHILADELPHIA – Mike Steltenkamp SEAS ’13 was named the 2013 Thomas Arkle Clark Award recipient by the national governing body of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity.
The Thomas Arkle Clark Award annually recognizes Alpha Tau Omega's most outstanding senior candidates for undergraduate degrees. It was established as an incentive for young brothers to seek excellence in scholarship, leadership, service, and the personal qualities of character, integrity, and responsibility.
“I'm truly honored to receive this recognition,” Steltenkamp said. “I've had a tremendous experience at Penn thanks to my involvement in both ATO and the wrestling team. I cannot speak highly enough of both organizations and the support that they have provided throughout the years. It has been an absolute pleasure to spend my years at Penn surrounded by dedicated teammates, brothers, coaches, parents, athletics administration and alumni. It is no coincidence that the Quakers continue to see great success on and off the mat.”
The Thomas Arkle Clark Award has been handed out by ATO since 1935, and Steltenkamp will be the first Ivy League student to receive the recognition. Penn has had a chapter in ATO since 1881.
“Mike is the true definition of a student-athlete and someone we are very proud to call an alumnus of our program,” head coach Rob Eiter said. “He gave everything he had to our team over his four years, and was a standard bearer for success in the classroom for the rest of the team to follow. He will be a great representative of Penn Wrestling in his future endeavors and he is most deserving of this award.”
Steltenkamp earned this award for his diligent service to Penn's ATO chapter. After serving as house manager during the 2011-12 school year, Steltenkamp was chapter President in 2012-13. Steltenkamp's main charges during his tenure were renovating the chapter house on campus and expanding alumni involvement. In addition to his wrestling schedule and duties as chapter President, Steltenkamp worked as a Teaching Assistant in the School of Engineering and Applied Science with two sophomore mechanical engineering classes. During his time in SEAS, Steltenkamp was selected as a member of the Hexagon Senior Society -- the school's engineering honor society which played an iatrical role in guiding prospective applicants to SEAS through the process. Steltenkamp was also chosen as a member of the Order of Omega, Penn's leadership honor society among students involved in fraternities and sororities.
This summer, Steltenkamp is working at SpaceX -- a space transport company in Hawthorne, Ca. Steltenkamp is involved in the Dragon Spaceship project with fellow Penn Wrestling and ATO alum -- and former NASA astronaut. The Dragon project is working on designing a new spaceship for American astronauts to use when traveling to outer space.
This fall, Steltenkamp will return to Penn to complete his master's degree in mechanical engineering -- a program he submatriculated into during his sophomore year.