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ASME students take home top honors at regional conference
Release Date Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Cutline: The Grubby Team placed fifth in the ASME Student Design Competition, which challenged students to develop a remote-controlled unmanned aerial vehicle to navigate obstacles and deliver a payload on target, simulating wildfire fighting techniques. From left to right: Megan Frager, Peoria, Ill., Eric Larsen, Sioux Falls, Jared Johnson, Rapid City, Steve Sobania, Rapid City, and Dan Bickett, Rapid City.

RAPID CITY, S.D. (April 23, 2014) – The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) took home a number of honors at the ASME Student Professional Development Conference in Madison, Wis.

The Grubby Team placed fifth in the ASME Student Design Competition, which challenged students to develop a remote-controlled unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to navigate obstacles and deliver a payload on target. The challenge was intended to simulate a UAV that could drop water and flame retardant on wildfires.

Mohamed Hakeem Mohamed Nizar, senior, Sri Lanka, placed first in the Old Guard Poster Presentation with his research poster titled, “Virtual Dynamic Systems Laboratories Using V-Real.” Jerry Farke, senior, Armour, placed second in the presentation for his senior design project developing a hybrid rocket.

Megan Frager, senior, Peoria, Ill., received the District C nomination for the ASME Charles T. Main Award, the most prestigious award that can be conferred to an ASME student member. Only nine other students worldwide are nominated each year.

Students who received scholarships at the conference were: Nizar; Jonah Thune, junior, Big Stone City; Jordan Landen, freshman, Eaton, Colo.; Zachary Scheuffele, senior, Wagner; Zachary Kroehler, senior, Henderson, Minn.; Jeremy Adams, junior, Sundance, Wyo.; Carina Russell, junior, Omaha, Neb.; and Heather Goka, senior, Black Hawk.

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