University Students Win At Engineering Competition


University of Scranton students took first and second place honors in competitions at the 2014 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Region 2 Student Activities Conference, which was held in April at Rowan University, Glassboro, N.J.

University seniors Stefan Bossbaly, Washington Crossing, and Hardik Patel, Mountain Top, won first place in the Micromouse Robotics Competition. The competition consisted of designing and building an autonomous robotic “mouse” that negotiates a maze of standard dimensions from a specified corner to its center in the shortest time.

University freshman Chris Gasper, Jessup, and sophomores Daniel Donovan, Binghamton, N.Y., Patrick O’Malley, Scranton, and James Roche, Scott Township, won first place in the Physics Competition. In the competition, students designed and created a bottle rocket using a 2 Liter Coca-Cola bottle, Styrofoam and duct tape. The objective was to launch the bottle rocket to travel the furthest tangential (straight) distance. The team launched the rocket over 190 feet.

University sophomores Nathan Williams, Carbondale, Frank Pallien, Scranton, and Timothy Thomas, Lake Ariel, won second place in the Project Showcase Competition. Thomas also won second place in the T-Shirt Design Competition. 

In total, 12 University students participated in contests that included the Robotics, Brown Bag Circuit, Student Paper and Ethics competitions, as well as leadership training.

IEEE Region 2 includes Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, West Virginia, Washington, D.C., and parts of New Jersey, Ohio and Virginia. Students competing at the conference represented Bucknell University, Drexel University, Ohio State University, Penn State University and West Virginia University, among others.

The Student Activities Conference is held at a different university/college in the Mid-Atlantic region each year.

Andrew Berger, PhD., professor of physics/electrical engineering, serves as both the counselor and club mentor of The University of Scranton IEEE Student Branch.  

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