Achieving Excellence
at California State University, Chico

Student Team Successes


Human Powered Vehicle Wins at Competition

Chico’s mechanical engineering team competed in the annual Human Powered Vehicle (HPV) Challenge sponsored by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers at Montana State University in May 2011, bringing home three trophies: First Place Speed Endurance Event, Second Place Utility Endurance Event, and Third Place Male Sprint Event. The students also won a Team Spirit Award. Professor Greg Watkins, Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronic Engineering, and Sustainable Manufacturing, advised the group.

Computer Science Students Place in World Finals of ‘Battle of the Brains’

Three computer science students—David Stolp, Katherine Gabales, and Abhishek Iyer—competed against top international computing teams in the “Battle of the Brains” in May 2011. They finished 59th among 105 international competitors and fifth among 18 U.S. teams in the IBM-sponsored Association for Computing Machinery International Collegiate Programming Contest. Team advisor Moaty Fayek, Computer Science, says the ranking puts the team among the top 1 percent in the world. CSU, Chico’s team was the first-place team in the Pacific Northwest Region, besting other top regional finalists Stanford University, Simon Fraser University, and the University of British Columbia.

Livestock Judging Team Excels

The Livestock Judging Team received high honors at both the 2011 Nebraska Cattlemen’s Classic and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. The team was named Reserve Champion in Nebraska and placed seventh overall at the Houston show in March 2011. Team members include Samantha Aragon, Jordan Baumgartner, Haydn Clement, John Gladman, Amanda Wolf, Eli Worden, and coach Clay Carlson. At the Nebraska Cattlemen’s Classic, Baumgartner placed second-high individual, Clement placed seventh-high individual, and Worden placed ninth-high individual.

Top Awards for Model UN Delegation

Students participating in the Model United Nations course at CSU, Chico won both top awards at the national conference in New York City in April 2011. The Chico delegation, representing the Republic of Austria, was named an Outstanding Delegation and won an award for Outstanding Position Papers. This double “outstanding” ranking placed the team in the top 4 percent of all schools attending the competition.


Recording Arts Project Places Nationally

Five music industry and technology majors received the second-highest score in the 2011 Shure Fantastic Scholastic Recording Competition. Elliott Eicheldinger, Ian Davidson, Fernando Macias-Jimenez, Mitchell Bohanan, and Todd Simonson produced a live ensemble recording of “Everything We Whisper,” a song by Sacramento-area artists The Kinzie Affair, using only studio microphones provided by Shure. The panel of judges included Grammy-winning producers and engineers. Music professors Joe Alexander and Daniel Sargent were advisors on the project.

Chico students
know how to
work together as a
winning team.

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