Posted: Oct 28, 2013 10:19 PM by MSU News Service
BOZEMAN - Four students from MSU's College of Engineering were awarded a second-place finish recently in the national Materials Handling Student Design Competition.
This is the second time in three years that MSU has finished in the top three in the competition that is sponsored by the College Industry Council on Material Handling Education, or CICMHE.
The contest tests students' skills in designing solutions for the handling of industrial materials.
The four MSU undergraduate students to finish second-place in the 2012-2013 academic year contest are Joe Johnson, Molly Martin, Nate Powell and Colter Schilling.
The group earned a $1,500 prize for themselves as well as an additional $500 for the university's Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department.
Durward Sobek, professor and coordinator for the Industrial Engineering program said, "I'm very proud of my students."
"It speaks to the quality of the students that we have here at Montana State University, as well as to the quality of the curricula that we teach in the department."
One of the four students, Colter Schilling, is a senior in the Industrial Engineering program.
Schilling, who grew up in Great Falls, said there's no doubt that Sobek and others in the department push their students.
In fact, all students in Sobek's "Facility and Material Handling Systems Design" class completed the design competition as a term project.
Schilling and his teammates were entered into the contest because they earned the highest project score in the class.
"It was pretty cool to see how well we did in the competition given all the time we put in," Schilling said. "And also cool to see that we finished higher than a lot of the heavy hitters from bigger, more well-known universities."
To read more about what the students said and the efforts they had to put in to get where they are, click here for the full story.
[Photo courtesy of MSU's Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department]