CSU, Chico News

Engineering Students Bring Home Awards from Professional Conference

Date: 04-04-2007

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs
Greg Kallio
Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering

Students in the mechanical and mechatronic engineering program at California State University, Chico received a total of four awards at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Student Professional Development Conference in Reno this past weekend.

The annual conference is attended by ASME student sections from California, Nevada and Hawaii that compete in five events: Old Guard Oral Competition, Old Guard Technical Poster Competition, Technical Web Page Competition, Student Design Competition and Ingersoll-Rand Competition.

Andy Gustafson, senior in mechanical engineering, won the coveted first-place award in the Old Guard Oral Competition with his presentation "Rescue Line Launcher." His talk described his senior capstone project, which was the design, fabrication and testing of a novel water emergency device for launching a rescue line from a boat or from shore to a victim up to 200 feet away. Gustafson received $500 plus full expenses to attend the final Old Guard Competition at the ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition in Seattle, Nov. 11-16, 2007.

Tyler Trumbly, senior in mechatronic engineering, won the third-place award and the Best Technical Award for his oral presentation "Automated Tomato Transplanter," also his senior capstone design project. Trumbly received a total of $150 for his two awards.

The CSU, Chico ASME Student Section, chaired by mechanical engineering junior Chris Corder, won second place in the Ingersoll-Rand Competition. This contest recognizes those student sections that show outstanding achievement throughout the year. Student section effectiveness is evaluated by a comprehensive set of weighted variables. A good section is one that exhibits a wide diversity of activities. This is the second consecutive year that CSU, Chico has received the second-place award.

Professor Greg Kallio attended the conference as the ASME Student Chapter faculty advisor. "Here is yet another example of student excellence at Chico State," said Kallio. "These students rose to the occasion and displayed outstanding professionalism in presenting projects that they have poured their heart and soul into for the past seven months."