Fri, Dec 3 2010
LeTourneau University engineering students won fourth place in the 2010 ASME “Earth Saver” Student Design Competition recently held at the Vancouver Convention and Exposition Centre in British Columbia, Canada.
The students were challenged to use their knowledge, creativity and problem solving skills to develop an autonomous system that sorts recyclable materials such as glass, metal, aluminum and plastic. Team members included Philip Cowles of Prescott Valley, Ariz.; Michael Stockholm of Maumelle, Ark.; team leader Zach Jones of Midland, Texas; and team leader Cameron Jenson of Chicago, Ill.
The students won first place in district competition previously in the fall to qualify to be one of the 15 schools that ASME allowed to compete in the international competition. The competition was held in conjunction with the 2010 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition that brought together members of the engineering community to discuss technological advances. Other schools competing came from the United States, Canada, Turkey, Venezuela, China and Lebanon. Oregon State, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and McGill University in Canada won the top three slots, respectively.
LeTourneau University is an interdenominational Christian university located in Longview, Texas, offering academic majors in aeronautical science, business, education, engineering, health care, the humanities and sciences. LeTourneau University also offers graduate and undergraduate degree programs for working adults online and at educational centers in Austin, Bedford, Dallas, Houston and Tyler.
ASME is a nonprofit professional organization that encourages sharing knowledge, skill development and collaboration across all engineering disciplines. Founded in 1880 as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the organization sets professional standards, publishes materials, and provides continuing education and professional development opportunities to advance technical knowledge.