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Wyoming Engineering Society - Student Engineer of the Year Awards

February 15, 2011

The University of Wyoming, College of Engineering nominated their top graduating seniors for the Wyoming Engineering Society (WES) Student of the Year Award. The Student Engineer of the Year receives an unrestricted grant of $2,500 and each of the honorees will receive a $1,000 grant. The WES recognized these outstanding students at their annual convention in Cheyenne on February 4, 2011.

Selected WES Student Engineer of the Year is Saratoga native Rob Streeter. Rob is a senior in electrical and computer engineering and is involved in campus activities including the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, and IEEE student chapter. He is also a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and Golden Key International. In addition to his involvement on campus, he also serves as an assistant leader in his church youth group, is an Assistant Scoutmaster with Boy Scout Troop #153, and is a member of the Albany County Sheriff Search and Rescue team. Following completion of his undergraduate studies he plans to continue at UW in the M.S. program and eventually teach electrical engineering close to home along the Front Range.

Each of the four honorees is a member of Tau Beta Pi Honor Society. The honorees will each receive a $1,000 grant from the WES.

Jim Follum
Electrical Engineering – Sundance, Wyo. Jim Follum is pursuing a degree in electrical engineering with an emphasis on power systems and signal processing at UW. Last summer, Jim had the opportunity to assist with research developing methods to analyze the stability of power systems at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington. This experience helped solidify his decision to remain at UW after graduating in May and pursue a master’s in electrical engineering. He intends to build a career research the power system following graduation. He is a participant in Tau Beta Pi and Golden Key honor societies.

David Haakinson
Petroleum Engineering – Gillette, Wyo. David is majoring in petroleum engineering with a minor in geology. He is the vice-president of the UW SPE, as well as being involved with AADE, and Tau Beta-Pi. He enjoys hunting, fishing, skiing, and being outdoors in general. After graduation, he plans to move to Anchorage, Alaska to work for ConocoPhillips.

Quinn Langbauer
Chemical Engineering – Fort Collins, Colo. Quinn Langbauer is a chemical engineering major. He has helped to establish a chemical engineering honors society, Omega Chi Epsilon, on campus and is currently the vice president. He works with Professor Johnson of the chemical engineering department researching Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy. His interests include the outdoors and traveling.

Christopher Laursen
Energy Systems Engineering – Powell, Wyo. Chris is majoring in both Energy Systems Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, slated to graduate in the spring of 2011. In addition to classes, he is currently president of the Joint Engineering Council and a tutor for Tau Beta Pi. For the last four years he has been leading a variety of trips and clinics for the UW Outdoor Program. A majority of his free time is spent in the backcountry of Wyoming and the western U.S. with friends climbing, mountaineering, and skiing. Following graduation he plans to take a year-long break before attending graduate school. During his break he plans on spending a majority of his time outdoors working, climbing, and potentially participating in service abroad.

Amber Lebsock
Civil Engineering – Casper, Wyo. Amber is a senior from Casper, Wyo., majoring in civil engineering at UW. Upon graduating in May, she plans to continue school, working for a master’s degree. She has worked as an engineering intern with the Wyoming Natural Resources Conservation Service for the past two summers. While at UW, she was an active member of Tau Beta Pi and is currently the Booklet Chair for the upcoming Engineering Honors Banquet. She worked with Acres Farm, a registered student organization on campus, to help design an energy efficient shed. She has been a member of the Western Thunder Marching Band where she received awards as the Outstanding Marcher and Outstanding Section Leader of the Year. She also played in the Pep Band, Laramie Community Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Symphony, Clarinet Choir, and the UW Symphony. She enjoys participating in intramural sports and the Wesley Foundation Campus Ministries in her spare time.

Charles Schmidt
Mechanical Engineering – Laramie, Wyo. Charles is a Laramie, Wyo., native, majoring in mechanical engineering and economics. He has interned in composites engineering, the semiconductor industry, and economics. He enjoys spending his free time in the ME computer labs, cheering on the Cowboys, or on ski patrol.

Caryn Wykert
Architectural Engineering – Laramie, Wyo. Caryn is a senior in Architectural Engineering and the current President of AEI (the Architectural Engineering Institute Student Chapter). She was Vice President of AEI last year and a member since her freshman year. She is on the division one Cowgirl Tennis team at UW, having walked on during her sophomore year and has enjoyed it ever since. She is an active member of Tau Beta Pi, and has participated in JEC (Joint Engineering Council), SWE (Society of Women Engineers), CV (Campus Ventures), and SVLT (Student Volunteer Leadership Team). She has participate in several intramurals for fun, and has won a few championships. She has attended several engineering and leadership conferences, and recently organized a trip to the Greenbuild Conference in Chicago for several AEI students to attend. She plans to graduate in Dec. 2011, pursue her passion which is in environmental sustainability, and her goal is to work towards designing innovative green buildings.


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