Athlete wins academic honor

Santisteban named to Academic All-America team

Senior defensive end Joel T. Santisteban ’14 of the MIT football team earned national recognition for both his on field and academic performance today when he was named to the 2013 Capitol One Academic All-America Division III Football Team. A second team selection, he is one of 48 Division III players from across the nation named to the honor by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). It is the 38th time an MIT football player has been selected as an Academic All-American. This is the first career honor for Santisteban.

A two-time Academic All-District pick, Santisteban has been a key performer along the defensive line for his entire career. An aerospace engineering major with a 4.5 GPA (5.0 scale), he led the line in tackles in 2013 with 31 and shared the team lead in sacks with 2.5. He closed out his MIT career among the program’s all-time leaders in sacks (7.5) and tackles for loss (23.5).

In the classroom Santisteban is minoring in management science and carrying a concentration in economics. Also a member of the MIT men’s lacrosse team, he has interned with both Northrup Grumman and Morgan Stanley and has served as house manager and philanthropy chair for MIT’s Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. Santisteban has received the Richard B. Fischer Scholarship from Morgan Stanley and the Next Gen Northrop Grumman Scholarship.