Gannon University Engineering Students Excel at Conference in Puerto Rico

Posted: May 1, 2017

Students from Gannon University's Scholars of Excellence in Engineering and Computer Science (SEECS) program took home two awards for poster presentations at the Zone II conference of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) in San Juan, Puerto Rico, March 2-5, 2017.

The winners were (first place): "Design of Portable Filtration Device for Arsenic Removal for use in Developing Countries," submitted by Anna Barr and Sidney Smith, both environmental engineering majors; and (third place) "Globally Utilized Tabletop Sterilizer," submitted by Kaitlyn Babiarz, an electrical engineering major; Anna Barr and Blake Dantio, environmental engineering majors; mechanical engineering majors Jason Bensur and Leilani King; Sabrina Rider, Alexis Stahl and Nicholas Williams, biomedical engineering majors..

There were 61 posters entered by students from ASEE's North Central, Illinois Indiana and Southeastern Sections in the three main categories: individual research poster, freshman/sophomore team projects and junior/senior team projects.

Funded through an NSF S-STEM grant, Gannon University's interdisciplinary, multiyear, mixed academic-level SEECS program awards approximately 20 scholarships per year, each renewable for up to four years. Each recipient can be awarded up to $8,000/year, depending on awardee's unmet financial needs and available funds.

The goals of the scholarship program are to increase the number of academically talented, but financially disadvantaged students in the stated majors, to assist students to be successful in their undergraduate education and to foster professional development for careers or graduate education.

For more information on the SEECS program, visit http://www.gannon.edu/Financial-Aid/Types-of-Financial-Aid/Gannon- Scholarships-and-Awards/NSF-Scholarship-Grant-SEECS/.

The ASEE is a nonprofit organization of individuals and institutions committed to furthering education in engineering and engineering technology. ASEE's more than 12,000 members include deans, department heads, faculty members, students, and government and industry representatives from all disciplines of engineering and engineering technology. ASEE's organizational membership is composed of 400 engineering and engineering technology colleges and affiliates, more than 50 corporations, and numerous government agencies and professional associations.