2021 Issue


UEC 2021 Scholarship Winners

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Utah Engineers Council Journal 2021 Issue


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

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

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

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 

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

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

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.

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

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

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



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

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

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