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Engineering Students Earn Awards for Conference Presentations

March 29, 2010

Several mechanical engineering students participated in the Student Professional Development Conference and Early Career Technical Conference, hosted by the American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME) Student Section at Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, Oklahoma, March 25-27, 2010. Schools from across the Southwest, and Rocky Mountain District E, including Texas Tech, Texas A&M, BYU, University of Texas, University of Wyoming, University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University also attended. Baylor students took first place overall in both graduate and undergraduate presentations.

Michael Clemenson, a senior mechanical engineering student from San Antonio, Texas, earned the first place award for Best Technical Presentation and the first place award for the Old Guard's Best Overall Presentation. Both of the awards he received came with a financial prize of several hundred dollars, and, more importantly, Michael won an all expense paid trip to Vancouver to present his work at ASME's annual IMECE meeting in November, 2010.

Babatunde Agboola, a graduate research assistants for Dr. David Jack, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, earned first prize for Best Overall Presentation, and was awarded a cash prize. Dr. Jack said, "This weekend was a great showcase of the work that is going on at Baylor, and the students did a wonderful job demonstrating their work."

Also, Baylor students earned honors at the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Gulf Southwest section conference, "Bridge to Industry - Educating the Future Industry Bound Engineer and Technologist," March 24-26, 2010. The conference was hosted by McNeese State University and held in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Brad Sanders, a senior mechanical engineering major from Murrieta, California, took third place in the Undergraduate Paper competition which also included monetary compensation. Dr. Ken Van Treuren, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Associate Dean for Faculty Development & Research, attended the ASEE Gulf Southwest section conference. He said, "We are truly blessed to have these students to work with at Baylor."