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UEC 2021 Scholarship Winners

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Utah Engineers Council Journal 2021 Issue

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01-Zakary-Wankier

Zakary Wankier

Biomedical Engineering
University of Utah
Northrop Grumman Scholarship

  • Interested in prosthetics — works in the University of Utah’s Orthopedic Department doing research on percutaneous osseointegrated prosthetic attachments
  • Co-president of a service oriented nonprofit organization called Maji
  • Baseball fanatic and a die-hard supporter of the Boston Red Sox
02-Bryce-Cheek

Bryce Cheek

Electrical Engineering
University of Utah
Northrop Grumman Scholarship

  • From Charlotte, North Carolina
  • University of Utah Honors College
  • Officer for the University of Utah National Society of Black Engineers
  • Student Athlete on Men’s Lacrosse Team
  • 3.816 GPA while maintaining athletics
  • Executive leader for the United Together Against Hate Group (U.T.A.H.) for Student Athletics
  • Two-time Athletic Director’s Honor List
  • Four-time Dean’s List Qualifier
03-Andrew-Meldrum

Andrew Meldrum

Chemical Engineering
University of Utah 
FLSmidth Scholarship

  • From Olympia, Washington
  • Energy Industry Experience:
    • Industrial Assessment Center — 2019-current
    • BP – Summer 2020
    • Marathon Petroleum — Spring 2020, Summer 2021
  • Engineers Without Borders: Tech Team Co-Lead
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters Volunteer Work
  • Trilingual: Spanish, Portuguese, English
  • Enjoys the outdoors — dirtbikes, hiking, camping
04-Jordan-Whitlock

Jordan Whitlock

Mechanical Engineering
Southern Utah University
Applied Product Solutions Scholarship

  • Raised in Nephi, Utah as the third brother in a family of four boys 
  • Loves everything to do with science, and was drawn to engineering specifically by the ability to model the world through math and physics
  • Beginning a thermodynamic research project this summer that will continue through the next school year
  • Plans on attending graduate school after graduating from SUU and pursuing a career in aerospace
  • His high school soccer team didn’t win a game in the four years he played.

Nathan Robertson

Mechanical Engineering
Utah Valley University
Midgley-Huber, Inc. Scholarship

  • Top rank in school and recommended by faculty
  • Works in quality control to improve processes between engineering drawings and the manufacturer of completed parts and design improvement
  • New father supporting family and finishing school without debt
  • Enjoys math, science, physics and learning how things work
  • Hopes to be involved in the design of new products that will improve the world in some small way 
05-Tanner-Short

Tanner Short

Mechanical Engineering
University of Utah
VBFA Scholarship

  • From Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
  • Dean’s list, four semesters
  • National Aerospace Scholars Recognition
  • Currently a Mechanical Engineer Intern designing and building machines that manufacture dental products for Ultradent Products Inc.
  • Co-founder and treasurer of the University of Utah Film Production Club
  • Emphasizing in Robotics, planning to earn an MBA
  • Loves directing and producing films, and dreams of integrating robotic engineering into film production
06-Tyler-Jackson

Tyler Jackson

Civil Engineering
Utah State University
Charlie and Nita Voto Scholarship

  • Works as a Math Teaching Fellow for Multivariable Calculus courses
  • Recently started an internship at Gerhart Cole, a Utah geotechnical engineering firm
  • When he’s not working on school, he likes to play music. He’s been teaching himself the guitar and banjo since the pandemic began.
  • Planning on completing his Master’s in Geotechnical Engineering at Utah State University after getting his Bachelor’s degree
07-Emilee-Rickabaugh

Emilee Rickabaugh

Biological Engineering
Utah State University
Charlie and Nita Vono Scholarship

  • Loves her research in Dr. Elizabeth Vargis’s Lab
  • Currently researching creating an in vitro model of the subretinal tissue using recombinant hagfish slime proteins
  • Enjoys her volunteer work with LGBTQ+ organizations in Logan
  • In her spare time, she likes reading, rock-climbing, and trying new coffee recipes.
08-Emily-Quan

Emily Quan

Computer Engineering
Brigham Young University
Northrop Grumman Scholarship

  • Cyber Analytics Internship with Northrop Grumman in the Mission Systems sector — working on a Java prototype from scratch of a user interface model that was presented to the customer
  • Research assistant for the Brigham Young University Network Embedded Technologies Laboratory — working with air quality data analysis using Python, Jupyter Notebook, and was a BYU RA fabricating novel multicolor gratings on a holographic chip using photolithography in a class 10 cleanroom
  • Ballet pianist for Brigham Young University’s ballet classes and 2017 Knabe Young Artist Senior Piano Competition Winner, among other piano accolades
  • $1,000 Fellowship for TreeHuggr in the CalHacks Hackathon
  • 2019 National Merit Finalist
  • 2018 FIRST Robotics Competition SW Virginia Division Winner
09-Blayze-Ashurst

Blayze Ashurst

Electrical Engineering
University of Utah
BAE Systems Scholarship

  • From Logan, Utah
  • Involved in the IEEE club at the University of Utah, which helps introduce college freshman and K-12 students to STEM related field.
  • Loved electronics for many years, and greatly enjoys spending spare time designing electrical circuits based upon what has been learned in coursework
  • Works as a tutor in the Electrical Engineering department, and enjoys helping others learn concepts related to electrical engineering
10-Gaby-van-Brunt

Gaby van Brunt

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Utah State University
BAE Systems Ben Van de Graaff 2021 Memorial Scholarship

  • Worked as an intern in the aerospace industry during the summer of 2020 and continues in 2021
  • Undergraduate researcher in computational fluid dynamics
  • Supplemental instructor for USU Math Department
  • Active in Utah State University Chapter of Society of Women Engineers — Outreach officer (2019-2020), President (2020-2021)
  • Utah State University College of Engineering Ambassador
  • Member of Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society
  • Passionate about STEM outreach and wants to ensure that all young people have exposure to opportunities in the engineering field

 

11-James-Mullen

James Mullen

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Utah State University
Northrop Grumman Scholarship

  • From Pocatello, Idaho
  • Currently researches with Dr. Roberts in the Utah State University Nanoscale Thermal Energy Lab
  • Works for a local aerospace engineering company, Thermal Management Technologies
  • Passionate about research and development and intends to pursue a future in patent law after graduating with his engineering degree
12-Jason-Hall

Jason Hall

Material Science and Engineering
University of Utah
AIAA Utah Section Scholarship

  • University of Utah Material Science and Engineering Ph.D. Candidate
  • Researching machine learning applications of multimodal particle packing and optimizing the mechanical properties of aging solid propellants by maximizing ballistic performance
  • Principal Material and Process Design Engineer at Northrop Grumman, Promontory, Utah
  • Registered Utah Professional Engineer
  • Volunteers for youth STEM activities
13-Dellan-Fielding

Dellan Fielding

Mechanical Engineering
Utah State University
ASHRAE Utah Chapter Scholarship

  • Utah State University, Sophomore, Mechanical Engineering
  • 2021 Reuben Trane national ASHRAE Society scholarship
  • Utah State University ASHRAE Vice President, 2020-present, Student Branch, Treasurer, 2019-2020
  • Two years experience, HVAC Controls Intern, Utah State University
  • Projects include: Configuring the Air Handler Unit damper control and revamping building HVAC controls with upgraded PLCs and VAVs
  • Fluent in the Hmong language.
  • Enjoys sport climbing, playing guitar, and being outdoors
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