Students rack up awards

Penn State Behrend’s Engineering students succeed in and out of the classroom. Here are a just a few of the recent accomplishments by standout students.

Plastics Engineering Technology students

Plastics Engineering Technology students

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  • Plastics Engineering Technology students swept the awards in the Blow Molded Parts Competition at the 34th Annual Blow Molding Conference in Pittsburgh in the fall. Ryan Bauer and Logan Luzier took first place with their calf hutch. Zachary Ishman and Michael Sterner won second place with their riot shield. Jacob Tingley and Michael Rossi took third place with their plastic blankfiring cartridge project.

  • Plastics Engineering Technology senior Olivia Dubin won the poster competition at Materials Day at Penn State University Park this past fall. The competition included more than 100 posters, many of which were prepared by graduate students. Dubin presented work she had done with Dr. Alicyn Rhoades, associate professor of engineering; Anne Gohn, engineering researcher; and Dr. Ralph Colby, professor of materials science and engineering and chemical engineering at Penn State University Park. Dubin’s winning poster title was: The Effect of Various Molecular Weight Poly on Crystallization Peak Half Times Using Fast Scanning Chip Calorimetry.

  • Five students placed at PSU Hackathon, a 24-hour computer hacking competition held at Penn State University Park this past fall. Morgan Atterholt and Shrey Arora won first place in the JP Morgan Chase Challenge and third place in the Google Cloud Services Challenge. Zihao Zhang, Yilu Dong, Xinpeng Zhao, and Sheng Su won first place in the KCF Technologies Challenge.

  • The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Club not only won the International Supermileage Challenge this past June, but they also set a new U.S. record! The competition challenges teams to create vehicles that squeeze the most mileage out of a single tank of high-octane gasoline. The Behrend vehicle traveled 3,013 miles on one gallon of gas! The team also placed second in the Design Report Sub-Competition.