Engineering students receive national recognition

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Three Grand Valley School of Engineering students will compete at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) national conference in Colorado in November. They qualified after placing at the ASME Student Professional Development Conference hosted by Grand Valley in March.

Student team Jake Hall and Kathy Drouillard won first place in the student design competition for their project, “The Wheels on This Go Round and Round.” Senior Julie Kim won the first-place Oral Guard Award Presentation and Best Technical Content award, and Luke Bomers took second for his oral presentation.

Hall, Kim and Drouillard will go on to the ASME conference and present at the International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition, competing in the oral presentation and design competition. Only two teams from each ASME district compete in the international competition annually.

“It means a lot to me and even more to the School of Engineering because it’s a reflection of what Grand Valley’s engineering program has come to mean to students and what they’ve accomplished,” said Sung-Hwan Joo, assistant professor of engineering and ASME student section co-advisor. “This is a success for students who have helped build the program and for those who, in the future, will take us to even greater heights.”

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