University of Scranton Engineering Students Place in Regional State Competition

May 9, 2017

University of Scranton students took first, second and third place awards in competitions at the 2017 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Region 2 Student Activities Conference, which was held in the spring semester at Rowan University in New Jersey. Twenty-five 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, Scranton students Andy Buttner of Camillus, New York, Natalie Krupka of Allentown, Mark Pawelski of Throop, John Radetich of Sewell, New Jersey, and Zachary Walsh of Rockville Centre, New York, won first place in the micromouse kit competition. Ricky Olechna of Scranton, Brad Hodousek of Howell, New Jersey, Chris Gasper of Jessup and Matt Collier of Whitehall won second place in the micromouse scratch competition. Joseph Delmar of Flourtown, Griffin Mulvihill of Allentown, Ben Loya of Bethel, Connecticut, and Joshua Toth of Jefferson Township won second place in the physics competition.

In addition, Tara Hambrose, South Abington Township, won second place in the inaugural Women in Engineering (WIE Teach) competition. Nicholas Chaump, West Pittston, won third 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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