Two teams of Seattle
University engineering students have won $7,500 prizes in the 2013 National
Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) Engineering Awards
for Connecting Professional Practice and Education, the City of Seattle announced
in a July 9 news release.
is the third year in a row that Seattle University students mentored by City
Light employees have won such awards.
continue to be impressed by the quality of the students' work," City Light
Capital Projects Supervisor Wanda Schulze said. "They take the design to a
stage where our engineers can take it out to bid and get it built. It energizes
our engineers to have a chance to mentor these students and teach them the
real-world end of engineering."
first team of students--Collin Cabatbat, Rachel Dang, Cole Franklin and Daniel
Richings--developed two designs for a permanent crossing at Babcock Creek near
Newhalem and Seattle City Light's Skagit Hydroelectric Project.
creek crossing sits on a road to an important communications tower that must be
kept clear year round. The creek is prone to washouts and a temporary bridge is
currently in place. City Light is sharing these designs with the National Park
Service as part of the decision-making process for building a permanent
crossing in 2014 or 2015.
second team--Aimee Corn, T.J. Lynam, Maureen O'Sullivan and Rachel
Vranizan--developed a structural evaluation of City Light's Sickler warehouse
building in Newhalem. They designed retrofit concepts for improving the
building's structural stability and energy efficiency and evaluated those
options. The students' work was so good City Light used it as the basis for plans
to upgrade the building.
Light employees have mentored engineering students at Seattle University's
Project Center for 15 years in an ongoing partnership that provides real-world
projects for the students and highlights career opportunities at the utility.
City Light has provided exemplary liaison engineers who have worked closely
with the student teams. These engineers have demonstrated consistent commitment
to the Project Center experience for our students, which is reflected in the
award-winning projects," Jean Jacoby, associate dean for Seattle
University's College of Science and Engineering, said. "I have been
continually amazed at the quality of the student presentations and reports and
other products that result."
Gnanpragasam, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, said:
"Seattle City Light not only provides a great project for the seniors to
work on but their liaison engineers mentor our students throughout the year
taking them on site visits, meeting with them weekly, exposing the students to
the standards of practice, providing presentation opportunities and getting the
students adequately prepared to enter the workforce upon graduation."
addition to the two awards from NCEES this year, two other City Light projects
received $7,500 awards in 2011 and 2012:
- 2011 award for Structural Design of Dam Sluice Gate Walkway
Slabs: Retrofit and Replacement Options.
- 2012 award for Historic Dam Guard Rail and Vehicle Barrier
Retrofit for Public Safety
Learn more about
real-world projects undertaken by SU students at Project Center.