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Students Selected for Engineering Summer Program at UW

June 14, 2016
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Dean Ricker, of La Grande, Ore., prepares for a test run in UW’s Baja buggy during the 2015 Engineering Summer Program at UW. (UW Photo)

Incoming high school seniors from Wyoming and six other states will explore various fields of engineering during the University of Wyoming College of Engineering and Applied Science’s annual Engineering Summer Program June 19-25.

The students -- selected through a competitive process -- will participate in hands-on laboratory activities in a variety of engineering disciplines. They will work directly with faculty members and advanced students from the College of Engineering and Applied Science.

“We have found a lot of students really have no idea what engineers do or what kinds of careers and job opportunities exist,” says Jeff Anderson, a faculty member in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering who directs the weeklong residential program. “They often do not realize that engineering affects nearly all aspects of our lives, so we try to show them that. The Engineering Summer Program has proven to be effective in educating and guiding the decision-making process of top-tier students in considering an engineering education.”

This year’s course topics and instructors are: electrical engineering, Bob Kubichek, associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering; atmospheric investigations, Terry Deshler, retired professor in the Department of Atmospheric Science; computer electronics, Steve Barrett, professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering; computer science, Allyson Anderson, senior lecturer in the Department of Computer Science; composite materials, Christopher Laursen, Ph.D. candidate in mechanical engineering; biomaterials, Carl Frick, associate professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering; machine design, Rob Erikson, associate lecturer in the College of Engineering and Applied Science; and thermal fluids and energy, Jian Cai, assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

Additionally, the students will participate in group activities and games; attend a UW Planetarium show; visit a Halliburton facility in Brighton, Colo.; tour the water treatment plant in Cheyenne; and view class demonstrations.

The selected students, listed by hometown, are:

Basin -- Hanna Ward.

Casper -- Spencer Bernard.

Cheyenne -- Anthony Pappas.

Cody -- Austin Alexander.

Cowley -- Garrett Vezain.

Denver, Colo. -- Chaney Kennedy.

Douglas -- Jacy Busboom.

Elkhart, Ind. -- Spencer Swift.

Encampment -- Justin Bonner.

Evanston -- James Majors.

Hailey, Idaho -- Jens Blackman, Kevin Browder and Kegan Lupton.

Hastings, Minn. -- Evan Schindler.

Hulett -- Morgan Hummel.

Jackson -- Aliea Ednie.

Lafayette, Colo. -- Sabrina Stern.

Lander -- Sean Donovan and Gabriel Loham.

Laramie -- Samuel Rovani.

Lyman -- Bryton Bluemel.

Nashville, Tenn. -- Khari Sanchez.

Powell -- Brett Gilman.

Ranchester -- Matt Sharp.

Robertson -- Britan Woody.

Rock Springs -- Alyssa Graham.

Santa Clarita, Calif. -- Chandler Howe.

Sheridan -- Tristen Geist and Bryce Michaud.

Sunnyvale, Calif. -- Marco Bostrom.

Wheatland -- Briley James.

Worland -- Will Mortimer.

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