Engineering student members of the National Electrical Contractors Association chapter at Youngstown State University took top honors in the NECA Green Energy Challenge in Las Vegas on Sept. 30.
Their proposal to decrease the energy consumption at the Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor was chosen the best nationally.
"Once again, our students shone on the national stage against competitors from prestigious engineering schools around the country," said Theodore R. Bosela, YSU professor of Engineering Technology and the team's advisor. "Their performance is another indication of the caliber of students at YSU, the quality of our Engineering Technology and Engineering academic programs and reflective of YSU's emerging role as an urban research institution."
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Youngstown State University’s student National Electrical Contractor’s Association chapter will have a team competing in the Green Energy Challenge in Las Vegas on Sept. 30. The team is made up of students Nick Gealy and Mike Currao, Eric Carlson of Dickey Electric, student Kalen Wallace, Jack Morse of IBEW #573, students Dave Wright, Ethan Parks, Jarrett Scacchetti, Jason Nutt, Jim Burgham of IBEW #64, Dr. Jalal Jalali, YSU's chairman of electrical and computer engineering, and Tom Travers from Mahoning Valley NECA.
The team includes Mike Currao of Youngstown, Jason Nutt of Cortland, Ethan Parks of North Lima, Jarrett Scaccetti of Canfield, Kalen Wallace of Youngstown and David Wright of Washingtonville.
"As a business community it's important to support academic programs like this because it applies the theory students learn in the classroom to practical situations like they'll experience in the workforce," said Thomas J. Travers, executive director, Mahoning Valley NECA. "Seeing the students excel is not only a proud moment for those involved, but it demonstrates the talent we have in the Mahoning Valley."
This was the third consecutive year the YSU engineering students placed at the top of the NECA competition. The group placed third in 2010 and took second in 2011.
The YSU NECA Chapter team won a $2,000 cash prize for its first place finish and also won a $250 cash prize for taking third place in a poster presentation of its proposal.