Friday Focus: Industry Honor Roll

February 1, 2013

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This week, IMT Career Journal highlights individuals and businesses that were recognized recently for their achievements in industry education — from student innovators to companies that are improving learning programs for the workforce of the future.

Need inspiration for your next learning project? Check out what these achievers in engineering and technology have to say about what led them on the path to success.

Welding, Cutting Equipment Maker Names “Innovation to Shape the World" Winnersachievement

Victor Technologies selected six student winners for its Innovation to Shape the World contest, awarding individuals in welding and cutting programs at secondary and post-secondary schools. Winning projects included a patriotic salute to the welding and cutting craft in fabricating military equipment and a six-foot-long alligator constructed from rod, scrap and metal.

One student won for an essay that noted the use of oxy-fuel cutting torches by iron workers to help firefighters remove rubble and debris at Ground Zero in New York City. Unknown to that winning student, Victor Technologies had create extended-length cutting torches for that purpose.

“The winning students and schools demonstrate the spirit of innovation that enables them to use cutting and welding equipment to shape their careers and the world around them,” said Martin Quinn, CEO of Victor Technologies, in a company announcement.

Justin Clay, a contest winner, wrote, “I’m not only writing this to enter the competition, I’m also trying to get my message out to encourage anybody that has a chance to get to a CTE (Career and Technical Education) center while you are still in high school. It is the best decision I have made, and it can make a dramatic difference in one’s life.”



The team from Highland High School, Gilbert, Ariz. (students Brett Eschliman, Matt Focht, Jack Daniel, Zach Benn, and instructor Curtis Willems) poses with their six-foot-long metal alligator.

Credit: Victor Technologies


PG&E Receives University of Calif. Award for Service to Engineering Students

University of California, Merced awarded Pacific Gas and Electric Co. for the company’s contributions to engineering students and its $1 million donation to its School of Engineering. The company is the first to receive the Vanguard Award, which was awarded by a collective of presidents of the campus’ engineering organizations at the school.

PG&E’s five-year partnership with the school and its donation helped expand the school’s Engineering Service Learning Lab, where, according to the company's publication, Currents, students can design a spectrum of solutions for hospitals, blood banks, and other community partners, and use a machine shop to create prototypes. PG&E's dedication to engineering also included hosting a career day so that students could get an inside view of the company’s Diablo Canyon Power Plant. “PG&E and UC Merced are jointly committed to the vitality of the San Joaquin Valley and the success of its young people,” said School of Engineering Dean Dan Hirleman. “The gifts PG&E has given are creating a lasting legacy of education in engineering, science, and math that will benefit the Valley for generations to come.”


Kentucky Group Chooses Its Young Engineer of the Year Darin HensleyThe Kentucky Society of Professional Engineers (KSPE) has announced its Young Engineer of the Year award winner, Darin Hensley, for his work as a project engineer specializing in roadway design at EA Partners. Hensley helped EA complete projects while saving taxpayer resources, according to an announcement by the University of Kentucky, where Hensley graduated in 2001 with a bachelor's of science in civil engineering.

Hensley has also been recognized for his involvement with MATHCOUNTS, a middle school math program that fosters future engineers.

Hensley, who earned his Professional Engineering license in 2005, states, “Obtaining my license was an important milestone in my career, one that I encourage all young engineers to seek.”


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