Kennesaw State students recognized by International Council of Systems Engineering

Four systems engineering students win $1,000 for their group design project KENNESAW, Ga.  (…

Georgia (Jun 10, 2015)Four systems engineering students win $1,000 for their group design project

KENNESAW, Ga.  (June 10, 2015) — Four Kennesaw State University students were recently awarded a $1,000 prize from the International Council of Systems Engineering Atlanta Chapter as part of the “Best Systems Engineering Capstone Presentation,” an inaugural award for systems engineering students in the Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology.

INCOSE is a nonprofit organization founded to develop and disseminate the interdisciplinary principles and practices of systems engineering. INCOSE Atlanta provided the award in an effort to promote INCOSE membership among the engineering student body at Kennesaw State.

“We want students to understand that there is more than a job awaiting them at the end of their academic journey,” said David Takacs, INCOSE Atlanta president. “INCOSE helps provide continuous learning and networking to enhance their career journey.”

In its inaugural year, INCOSE Atlanta’s Best Systems Engineering Capstone Presentation Award was given to a Kennesaw State systems engineering student group after their senior design presentations at the end of the spring semester. A similar award will be presented to a Georgia Tech systems engineering team this summer.

Comprising students Dale Clay, Gabriel Darveau, Divanny Pena (the team’s project manager) and Nicholas Rules, the Kennesaw State winning team was recognized for development of an Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) shaped like the University’s owl mascot that will fly at athletic events. The four-member team split the $1,000 cash prize.

INCOSE and the now-named Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology have been in partnership since 1995. As part of this partnership, the University provides meeting space, audiovisual equipment and the support of several faculty members, while INCOSE Atlanta members give guest lectures, serve on the department’s advisory board and serve as evaluators during the annual Systems and Aerospace Engineering Senior Design Symposium.

INCOSE has also supported the systems engineering faculty by providing educational subsidies for faculty to attend conferences. Woodrow W. Winchester III, program coordinator of systems engineering and associate professor of systems and industrial engineering at Kennesaw State, received a subsidy award from INCOSE to offset the cost to attend the INCOSE International Symposium in Seattle this summer.

Kennesaw State University’s Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees in systems engineering, with minors available in aerospace engineering and nuclear engineering. The College offers one of only two undergraduate degree programs in systems engineering in Georgia.  





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