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Engineering Summer Program Brings Top Students to UW

June 10, 2015
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Russell Kenney, of La Barge, left, and Justin Hancock, of Douglas, work on an assignment during a computer electronics class at the 2014 Engineering Summer Program at the University of Wyoming. This year’s students will work directly with faculty members in the College of Engineering and Applied Science. (UW Photo)

Incoming high school seniors from Wyoming and nine other states, plus Germany, will explore various fields of engineering during the University of Wyoming College of Engineering and Applied Science’s annual Engineering Summer Program June 22-27.

The students -- selected from a competitive field of applicants -- will participate in hands-on laboratory activities in a variety of engineering disciplines. They'll work directly with civil, chemical, computer science, atmospheric science, electrical and mechanical engineering faculty members.

"It's a great opportunity for them to get a close look at the fields of study they may want to pursue, and for us to show them what UW has to offer," says Jeff Anderson, a faculty member in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering who directs the residential summer program.

This year's course topics and instructors are: electrical engineering, Professor Bob Kubichek; atmospheric investigations, Terry Deshler, professor in the Department of Atmospheric Science; computer electronics, Steve Barrett, professor of electrical and computer engineering; computer science, Senior Lecturer Allyson Anderson; composite materials, Christopher Laursen, Ph.D. candidate in mechanical engineering; biomaterials, Carl Frick, associate professor of mechanical engineering; ATV design, Rob Erikson, civil engineering lecturer; and transportation systems, Rhonda Young, associate professor in the Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering.

Additionally, the students will get to try out the college’s Segway two-wheeled transport machine, enjoy water-balloon volleyball games, attend a UW Planetarium show, visit a Halliburton facility in Brighton, Colo., and tour UW energy and engineering facilities.

The selected students, listed by hometown, are:

Arvada, Colo. -- Joshua Billups.

Banner -- Zachary Petersburg.

Big Horn -- Maxon Lube.

Casper -- Shelby Whitman and Colin Zoeller.

Cheyenne -- Colton Fertig, Lynda Pace and Benjamin Rude.

Cody -- Cassidy Alexander.

Colo. Springs, Colo. -- Ben Sekutera and Lucas Sekutera.

Douglas -- Samuel Mittleide.

Edgemont, S.D. -- Jessica Pastor.

Edgewood, Wash. -- Kristian Gubsch.

Encampment -- Jacob Dickenson.

Gillette -- Isabelle Schlautmann.

Germany -- Victoria Knight.

Green River -- Evan Carollo.

Greensburg, Ky. -- Louis Eastham.

Highlands Ranch, Colo. -- Alexandra Stramel.

Jamestown, Pa. -- Londyn Glass.

Kingwood, Texas -- Mason Grayson.

LaGrande, Ore. -- Dean Ricker.

Lander -- Jace Florquist.

Park City, Utah -- Janell Donegan.

Pinedale -- Thomas Mitchell.

Powell -- Adam Griffin.

Recluse -- Brooklyn Swiggett.

Rock Springs -- Wayne Allen and Kennedy Kimsey.

Shepherd, Mont. -- Neil Wittoroff.

Sheridan --  Kathryn Beardslee and Julia Fenn.

Shoreline, Wash. -- Hugh Gaevert.

Superior, Colo. -- Michael Harris.

Worland -- Narisse Trippel.

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