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
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
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.