Students, college benefit from ASHRAE awards

​The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) awarded scholarships to three Grove City College students and a $5,000 grant to advance senior design work in the field of food dehydration.

Jonathan Shoup ’18 earned a $3,000 ASHRAE Region III Setty Family Foundation Scholarship and Joshua Kuipers ’18 and Micayla Wright ’17 were each awarded $500 ASHRAE Student Activities Member Scholarships earlier this month at the 13th Annual Sheet Metal Industry Night at Station Square in Pittsburgh, an event that the Pittsburgh chapter of ASHRAE helped sponsor. All the students are mechanical engineering majors.

“I am very grateful for being a part of the ASHRAE chapter at Grove City and also for this scholarship they have provided,” Shoup said.

Dr. Erik Bardy, professor of mechanical engineering, accepted a $5,000 ASHRAE Undergraduate Program Equipment Grant on behalf of the Mechanical Engineering Department. The grant will fund a senior design project for the 2017-2018 academic year. The project’s goal is to augment an experimental set-up used for research in the area of food dehydration using electrohydrodynamic principles. 

The research will be carried out in partnership with ONIRIS, a French educational institution that serves as activity partner for Grove City College’s European Study Center in Nantes, France.

“We are excited to have the support of ASHRAE for our year-long senior capstone design program in mechanical engineering. This program provides teams of students the opportunity to design, prototype, and build products that provide a solution to a real-world engineering problem. These projects hone the creative problem solving skills of the students and provide excellent preparation for them to excel in their careers,” Dr. Stacy Birmingham, dean of the Hopeman School of Science, Engineering and Mathematics, said.

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