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Students net top awards in design challenge

Four Lamar University senior mechanical engineering students won three top awards in the Texas Space Grant Consortium Design Challenge Showcase, held in Houston April 15.

The team, named the “Astro Cardinals” took honors for top design team, top poster award and top presentation award.  Taking home the honors were: team leader Philip Daleo, Beaumont; Mauro Hernandez, La Villa; Don Petry, Beaumont; and David Robinson, The Woodlands. 

The TSGC Design Challenge is a unique academic experience sponsored by NASA and administered by the Texas Space Grant Consortium since 2002, offering undergraduate students an opportunity to propose, design and fabricate a solution to a topic of importance to NASA and its mission. 

Researchers working with NASA or its contractor community submit topics on current projects of interest. Student teams work on the topic of their choice over the course of one or two semesters. The experience pairs the student team and faculty advisor with a research-directed mentor; and provides student team members with opportunities to engage in scientific research, hands-on design, space-related career opportunities. 

More information on the Texas Space Grant Consortium can be found online.  

Lamar’s College of Engineering offers undergraduate education in chemical, civil, electrical, industrial and mechanical engineering, as well as Master’s and Doctoral degrees. Information on opportunities in engineering at Lamar University can be found online or by calling 880-7870.