Engineering Students Place in Regional State Competition

June 21, 2016

University of Scranton students took first, second and third place honors in competitions at the 2016 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Region 2 Student Activities Conference, which was held in the spring semester at Cleveland State University in Ohio. Twenty-four Scranton students participated in contests that included robotics, physics, design and 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.

In team competitions, Peter Kulick of Pittston, Griffin Mulvihill of Allentown, Clarence Gallagher of Scranton and Vu Nguyen of Ulster Park, New York, won second place in the micromouse kit competition. Ricky Olechna of Scranton, Matthew Collier of Whitehall, Nicholas Chaump of West Pittston and John Bowers of Newtown won second place in the project showcase competition. Wilson Ortiz of Pocono Summit and Timothy Thomas of Lake Ariel won third place honors in the micromouse scratch competition.

 In addition, Thomas won first place in the t-shirt competition for the second year in a row. Nicholas DePierro of Manalapan, New Jersey, won second place in the paper presentation competition.

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

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

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