BYU students win international technology competition

BYU’s Technology and Engineering Studies students came home victorious from this year’s Technology and Engineering Education Collegiate Association (TEECA) conference and student competitions in Atlanta.

BYU’s student delegation was the overall grand champion of the competition based on event performance. The chapter of TEECA was also named the Chapter of the Year. Several students were recognized for their individual achievements, as BYU students won most outstanding TEECA student, ITEEA student of the year and the FTEE undergraduate scholarship.

The BYU team took home first place in the teaching competition, and the media video production competition. They also won second place in the autonomous solar problem solving competition and the technology bowl.

Mathew Jones, a third-year member of the teaching team and the communications team was very proud of the overall team performance of the BYU students.

“It has been a blessing to be a part of the competition this year with this particular group of students,” said Jones. “Our professors have taken talented students every year to this conference from our program, but this year was probably the best assemblage of talent that I have ever seen. We had some of the best teachers, programmers, engineers, and problem-solvers we have had in our program at this competition and so it was a humbling experience to be part of such a stellar group.”

Whitney Carlson, another member of the communications and teaching teams also was selected for the FTEE undergraduate scholarship.

“I was very grateful to win this scholarship,” said Carlson. “Being selected out of all the students who applied from universities throughout the United States was a great honor. I worked hard to make this happen, but it would never have been possible without the help of my professors in the Technology Engineering Studies program - their support, and the letters of recommendation they wrote, made all the difference.”

In addition to the student competitions, the worldwide conference includes awards for educators from all grades across the world and allows technology professionals to share their ideas with one another.

The conference includes a variety of competitions that allow students to use the different skills they learn in the TES major. Some of the skills showcased are communication, transportation, innovation, manufacturing, robotics, manufacturing, and general knowledge of technology.

The team was coached by professors Geoff Wright and Steve Shumway.

“I am very proud not just of the awards, but in how our students represent the university and the Church,” said Wright. “We have wonderful students. I am grateful to work with them.”

The next conference will be in Kansas City, MO in March of 2019.

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