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Winners of the 2013 Myron Zucker Undergraduate Student Design Contest

Winners of the 2013 Myron Zucker Undergraduate Student Design Contest

Posted By Lauren Loudon / September 10, 2013
Myron Zucker, Inc. would like to congratulate the winners of the 2013 Myron Zucker Undergraduate Student Design Contest.

The contest had an interesting outcome this year.  The first and second places were taken by teams from the same college: the University of West Florida.  They also had another thing in common: the teams were mentored by Dr. Muhammad Rashid, who won the 2013 Outstanding Achievement Award from the Industry Application Society.

First Place:  Design of a Solar Array Positioning Controller. Nathanial Eubanks, Chris Hayes, Vadim Ilin, and Andrew Potter of the University of West Florida.  Team Advisers: Dr. Muhammad Rashid and Dr. Bassam Shaer.  For more information on this project, including a video and the written report, click here.

Second Place: Design of a Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) GPS Vehicle Tracking System.  Aster Pastoral, Chris Doorbal, and Jon Lister of the University of West Florida.  Team Advisers were Dr. Muhammad Rashid and Dr. Ezzat Bakhoum.  For more information on this project, click here.

Third Place: Battery Powered Electronic Ballast for Fluorescent Lamp with Frequency Control.  Vanessa Rueda and Andrea Perez of Pontifica Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Columbia.  Team Advisers were Dr. Rafael Diez and Dr. Gabriel Perilla.

The winning teams and Dr. Rashid will be recognized at the 48th Annual IEEE Industry Applications Society Meeting in Orlando, Florida.  The Annual Meeting is an international forum for experts to present and discuss developments in electrical technology for practicing engineers with an emphasis on personal development and continuing education.

About the Myron Zucker Undergraduate Student Design Contest:

IEEE Life Senior Member Myron Zucker endowed the IEEE Foundation with funds to establish the Myron Zucker Student-Faculty Grant Program.  In 1990, the grant became the Myron Zucker Undergraduate Student Design Contest, presented by the IEEE Industry Applications Society.

The international contest recognizes three students or student teams and associated electrical engineering departments for work on industry-related projects based on the following criteria:
  1. The extent to which the solution of the design problem demonstrates the practical application of engineering fundamentals and engineering judgment
  2. The quality of the written report presentation
  3. The extent to which an industrial entity, if any, provides appropriate guidance and access to an applications environment


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