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NJIT Students Sweep Awards During a Regional Conference on Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineering students from New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) took top awards during the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Regional Student Conference, held recently at the City College of New York (CCNY).


 NJIT captured the first, second and third place in the conference’s National Design Contest. The teams won for designs of prototypes that can remove undetonated mines.


“In effect, it was a clean sweep and we are proud of our students,” said Harry Kountouras, a special lecturer of mechanical engineering at NJIT who is also the faculty adviser for the university’s ASME student chapter. “This isn’t the first time NJIT swept all three top places in the Design Contest. We accomplished this feat in 2002.”


The first place team included students Octavio Mena, Newark; Martin Isidro, Haldeon, and Shaun Wilson, Brooklyn, N.Y.  The team won a $200 prize and a trophy. The team also won a special award for the “Most Technically Creative Entry” in the contest. The team earned a spot in the ASME National Championship. The championship will be part of the International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, to be held this November in Anaheim, Calif.


The second place team included Jason Gasparik, Port Monmouth; and Angelo Conforti, Brick Township. The third place team included students Issac Nuss, Baltimore, Md.; Tim Madsen, Budd Lake; and Ann Zemo, Parsippany. 


For the second year in a row, NJIT also won the Ingersoll-Rand Contest. It’s the sixth time in the last seven years that NJIT won this award. The Ingersoll-Rand contest had students write an annual report documenting the professional activities of their ASME student chapter. The report had to include a list of meetings, seminars, guest speakers, class trips as well as publications and community service. NJIT scored a perfect 1,000 points in this contest. The team’s performance earned it a place in the Ingersoll-Rand National Inter-Regional Contest, where it will compete for a share of $3,000 in prizes.


NJIT students also took second and third place in the “Old Guard Technical Oral Presentation” contest. The second place team included Lee Carlson, Manhattan, and Trent Ward, Hoboken. They won second place for a paper titled, “Design and Development of an Automated Flat Screen Monitor Mount.” The third place team of Jonathan King, Stockton, and Anthony Corcella, Towaco, won for a paper titled, “Redesign of the Transmission System of the Society of Automotive Engineer’s All-Terrain Baja Car.” King and Corcella were given a special award for the technical excellence of their presentation. All of the winners were given certificates and small cash prizes.


Other mechanical engineering students from NJIT who participated in the conference were Fei Cheng, Carteret; Thomas Kutylowski, Forked River; Luis Lavrador Union; Antonio Ramos, Old Bridge; Shawn Chester, North Caldwell; and Wael Sobh, Paramus. 


A total of 40 NJIT students attended the ASME conference, which meant NJIT won yet another award, “The Most in Attendance Award,” beating the host institution, CCNY, by some 15 students. It’s the fourth consecutive year that NJIT won the attendance award.


 “Such resounding success for NJIT is a result of more than just the efforts of the winners, Kountouras said. “The mechanical engineering department and many people here at NJIT realize the professionalism that ASME engenders in engineering students, which is invaluable to their upcoming careers.”

One of the nation's leading public technological universities, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is a top-tier research university that prepares students to become leaders in the technology-dependent economy of the 21st century. NJIT's multidisciplinary curriculum and computing-intensive approach to education provide technological proficiency, business acumen and leadership skills. With an enrollment of more than 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, NJIT offers small-campus intimacy with the resources of a major public research university. NJIT is a global leader in such fields as solar research, nanotechnology, resilient design, tissue engineering, and cyber-security, in addition to others. NJIT ranks 5th among U.S. polytechnic universities in research expenditures, topping $110 million, and is among the top 1 percent of public colleges and universities in return on educational investment, according to PayScale.com.