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2013 New Face of Engineering: College Edition Nominees

ASHRAE received 23 nominations for the second year of the New Faces of Engineering: College Edition program. The program was created to promote the accomplishments of third through fifth year engineering students by highlighting their academic successes and potential to contribute to the industry. New Faces: College Edition is ASHRAE’s legacy project as the chairing society of Engineers Week 2011.

ASHRAE will next select its top three nominees and submit their names to the National Engineers Week Committee. ASHRAE’s New Face of Engineering: College Edition, will be recognized via various print and social media outlets during National Engineers Week, Feb. 17-23.  They will also receive a $1,000 scholarship and will have the advantage of including this  honor on future resumes and applications.


New Face of Engineering, College Edition

Nominee:  Paul Brockmann  
Education: fifth year, mechanical engineering, Eastern Washington University, Cheney, Wash.

About:  Brockmann spreads the word of HVAC by hosting presentations about new and upcoming HVAC technology, such as dedicated outdoor air systems and building automation systems controls. He also organized a tour of his campus’ utility plant for other students to see the boilers and chillers. He is his student branch’s president and claims that the when an occupant doesn’t notice the HVAC systems that means he’s doing his job right.


Top Nominees

Nominee: Jayson Bursill
Education:  fourth year, fourth year, mechanical engineering, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

About:  As president of his local ASHRAE student branch, Bursill has increased student membership two-fold. He has raised awareness of the opportunities in the HVAC&R industry by hosting booths during faculty fairs and handing out posters and other promotional materials. His efforts for promote HVAC was rewarded by his school's engineering department, which granted the ASHRAE student branch funding to be used to schedule industry tours for the students to see HVAC&R technology up close. Bursill also promotes engineering at his school by serving as an undergraduate orientation leader, which allows him to share his experience in the engineering department with incoming students.


Nominee: Jamin Tunstall
Education: fifth year, architectural engineering, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, Greensboro, N.C.

About: Tunstall is his school's ASHRAE student branch president and is an active participant in National Engineers Week. He served as the engineering department's ambassador for Engineers Week and handled all advertising and promotional materials for the week of activities. Tunstall claims that ASHRAE has given him more confidence: "Before I became president I was often shy and did not voice my opinion. The presidential role has helped me to be more of a decision maker, and also have a better understanding of the mechanical aspect of buildings through the professional chapter."


Additional Nominees

Nominee: Akinbowale Akinshilo
Education:   fifth year, mechanical engineering, University of Nigeria, Lagos

About:   Akinshilo is an active member of his school’s ASHRAE student branch and helps organize seminars to educate members and nonmembers alike on career opportunities in HVAC&R. He also plays a role in air-conditioning installation seminars and uses the mechanical engineering building as a case study. Akinshilo developed a computer design program that can analyze the thermal and mechanical properties for a shell and tube heat exchanger. He appreciates the support of the local chapter, where professional members have helped “nature my passion in refrigeration and air conditioning.”

Nominee:  Andres Alfonso
Education:   third year, civil engineering, Universidad de los Andes, Bogata, Colombia

About:  Alfonso is the founding president of the ASHRAE student branch at his university. As a member of one of the newer branches, he has been responsible for organizing seminars and meetings for his fellow members. Serving as president has enhanced his leadership skills and improved his self-esteem. “ASHRAE is the key to build a sustainable world,” he said.

Nominee: Gohar Azeem
Education:  fourth year, mechanical engineering, University of Engineering and Technology, Peshawar, Pakistan

About: According to Azeem, engineering “is one of the most exciting fields with lots of creativity and advancement.” He participates in seminars, conference and engineering competitions across the country to hone his skills. Azeem promotes engineering at his school by organizing a “mega” design competition every year; raising funds for disadvantaged students; organizing a yearly job fair; and distributing technical research papers among students. While interning with an oil field service provider, Azeem was faced with how precious our natural resources are. “This fact demanded that I focus on renewable and more sustainable sources of energy,” he said. Azeem is currently working on a wind turbine project that is sponsored by the government.

Nominee: Thomas Birk
Education:  third year, mechanical engineering, South Dakota State University, Brookings

About: Birk claims that getting involved with his school’s ASHRAE student branch has shown him just how diverse engineering can be. “I’m a mechanical engineer, and what that means is that I can design and improve absolutely anything that has motion: from box fans to bulldozers, skateboards to space shuttles.” Birk credits his high school calculus teacher for getting him interested in engineering: “He saw that I excelled in math and encouraged me to look at the career.”

Nominee: Asad Farooq
Education:  third year, mechanical engineering, KPK University of Engineering and Technology, Peshawar, Pakistan

About:  Farooq is the spokesman for this school’s ASHRAE student branch. He is proud to say that many of the students he has invited to meetings have since become members. Working with the chapter has improved his communication and presentation skills. Of mechanical engineering, he says: “New inventions are going on every day and I want to add up something useful to this field.”

Nominee:  Breeann Foran
Education:  fourth year, mechanical engineering, Montana State University, Bozeman

About:  As a student member of ASHRAE, Foran raises awareness of engineering and science among middle schoolers. In the spring of 2012, she helped with a university involvement fair that invited younger students to explore all the subjects had to offer. “With mechanical engineering, I have so many different options that I didn’t know about going into engineering as a freshman,” she said. She is the president of her school’s ASHRAE student branch, and is also involved in the Society of Women Engineers. She has been working to raise funds to send ASHRAE student branch members to upcoming ASHRAE Conferences.

Nominee: Jeremy Higgins
Education: third year, mechanical engineering, Seattle University, Wash.

About: Higgins uses his engineering and leadership skills to give back to his community. He often organizes improvements to public parks, including building a 100 foot retaining wall at a local park. ASHRAE has helped him to meet others who have the same interest and enables him to find resources to explore solutions to problems. Higgins first started solving problems when managing port operations for the Army. He developed a data flow strategy that ultimately made significant reduction in the time it takes to process cargo. “I have been addicted to looking for other problems to solve since,” he said. “Solving problems is why I decided to become an engineer.”

Nominee: Graham Holladay
Education: fourth year, mechanical and industrial engineering, University of Alabama, Birmingham, Ala.

About: Holladay has put his engineering skills to good work, giving back to his community by dedicating his spring breaks to building handicap-accessible play units and making general improvements at the Alabama Special Camp for Children and Adults. He also helps to recruit incoming freshman to his school’s engineering program through tours of the department and sharing his personal experiences with students. Holladay feels that mechanical engineering is the most rewarding college major because it trains the mind to think objectively and clearly about any situation.

Nominee: Fahwa Mansoor Khawaja
Education: third year, mechanical engineering, NED University of Engineering and Technology, Karachi, Pakistan

About: Khawaja feels that engineering means reaching your goals through simple, straightforward means, rather than complicating your path. “My participation in an engineering society has provided me with a practical aspect of engineering, side by side with the theoretical part,” she said. Working with ASHRAE has also improved her management skills and has motivated her to attend several conferences and sessions on engineering to expand her knowledge. “Mechanical engineering is the mother of the entire engineering field,” she said. “It can be defined using three words: idea, design, analysis.”

Nominee: Jingyu Lee
Education: fifth year, architectural engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago

About: Lee volunteers at a local elementary school to promote building science and construction engineering to young students. He was privileged to be involved with Tianjin Tower, the tallest concrete high-rise in China, during his internship at Skidmore, Owings and Merrill. Lee is very goal oriented and has big plans for his engineering career: “I wish to construct 30 buildings that are at least 60 stories tall before I am 90 years old,” he said.

Nominee: Ziang Lin
Education: fourth year, mechanical engineering, University of Maryland, Baltimore

About: Lin is grateful for the chance he has to interact with the local ASHRAE chapter. He has received the chapter’s yearly scholarship and enjoys networking and interacting with the members on a professional level. “When you see a crowd of professionals engaging in conversation, standing around by yourself is never the right thing to do,” he said. Even after studying engineering for all these years, Lin claims that recognizing the amount of engineering detail in a building still “strikes me in the core.”

Nominee: Elizabeth McLean
Education: third year, mechanical engineering, Kettering University, Warrens, Wis.

About: McLean plays an active role in several campus engineering societies, including the Kettering Society of Women Engineers and Kettering Engineers without Borders. She is passionate about promoting engineers to young girls and has participated in the GM Smarter Girls Day Camp and organized the first ever Kettering Girl Scout Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Day camp. “My mission as a student has been to help in creating activities for all ages of women students to gain exposure to and interest in engineering,” she said.

Nominee: Muhammad Abdullah Naseer
Education: fourth year, mechanical engineering, University of Engineering and Technology, Taxila, Pakistan

About: Naseer is a member of one of ASHRAE’s newer branches and as such has been involved in establishing the branch within the university. He has helped to organize technical help for student projects at the university. Naseer is also heavily involved with the Environment Protection Society and is leading teams in the technical section of the Punjab Youth Festival.  His interest in engineering started at a young age when he made solar concentrators for his home and took apart the engine of his father’s Vespa scooter. “The fun and satisfaction that one can earn through engineering and applying it cannot be found from anywhere else,” he said.

Nominee: Faisal Qayyum
Education: fifth year, mechanical engineering, University of Engineering and Technology Taxila, Pakistan

About: Qayyum has spent the past few years actively participating in National Engineers Week. During the week he attends seminars and conferences on engineering and arranges awareness campaigns for young students to get them interested in engineering. Participating in his school’s ASHRAE student branch, and even serving as president, has connected Qayyum to engineers around the world, in addition to enhancing his professional and leadership abilities. “I am inspirited by engineering because engineering programs worldwide are among the top, most-advanced education programs,” he said.

Nominee: Christian Robledo
Education: third year, mechanical engineering, University of Central Florida, Orlando

About: Robledo finds it’s important to make clear to students at a young age the importance of engineering. “I ask kids to tell me their favorite way of transportation,” he said. “Some say cars, air planes or trains. I explain that it is an engineer’s job for these vehicles to run efficiently.” Robledo also volunteers on Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day to promote engineering to girls, and puts his engineering skills to work on Habitat for Humanity projects.

Nominee: Abdulrhman Shamseldin
Education: fifth year, mechanical engineering, Qatar University, Doha

About: Shamseldin is currently conducting research about promoting shallow geothermal air conditioning. Shamseldin had such a good experience with his internship that he was inspired to continue his education to receive a Ph.D. According to Shamseldin, “engineering isn’t just knowledge, but a lifestyle that helps us become more professional in every phase of our life.” He believes that mechanical engineering is a useful tool for everything from machines to energy.

Nominee: Brandy Shen         
Education: third year, building services engineering, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

About: Shen is already working on her future career as an engineer by attending conferences and workshops, and through her one year internship with CUNDALL Hong Kong, Ltd. Her internship has provided her with real-world experience in engineering sustainable design and building services engineering. She is the student representative for the Faculty Board of construction and environment “I like to make real contributions, and that is why I want to study engineering,” she said.

Nominee: Farhan Zafar
Education: fourth year, mechanical engineering, National University of Sciences and Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan.

About: Zafar is a member of one of the newer ASHRAE student branches and has taken on the responsibility of coordinating events for the branch. He expands his knowledge of mechanical engineering through workshops and also through his internships with Tesla Technologies and Abbas Steel Mill. It was there he learned the skills of mechanical crisis management and logistics arrangements. “I enjoy learning how fast these technologies change,” he said. Zafar hopes that he will play a role in those changes in the future.

Nominee: Erqin Zeng
Education: fourth year, environmental engineering, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

About: Zeng plays active role in promoting engineering at her school and in her community. She designed a “mini course” for high schoolers that combines basic engineering concepts with hands-on experiments. When the students visit her university, she guides them through the course so that they can experience the fun of environmental engineering and also be encouraged to choose engineering as a major. When she noticed that the math load required for engineering majors was intimidating students, she volunteered as a tutor for first and second year civil and environmental engineering students. Outside of school, Zeng worked as an engineering assistant and was involved with the municipal recycling program. She also scheduled public tours of the local water and wastewater plant. Zeng has already been recognized on a national level when her project “Feasible Scenarios of 25 Percent of Energy Consumption from Renewable Energy in the Year 2025,” took second place in the United States at the Environmental Challenge International Competition. Zeng was inspired to become an environmental engineering while living in China near an iron and steel factory: “The sky is never blue; the scene of the grey sky planted the seeds in my heat to one day make a change.”

Nominee: Jinger Zeng
Education: fifth year, mechanical engineering, University of Las Vegas, Nev.

About: Nominee: Zeng is an active member of several engineering societies on her campus, as well as the founding president of the Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers. She also participates in Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day. Zeng works to bring in highly recognized speakers, such as NASA scientists, to speak to her fellow branch members about career opportunities and life experiences, and also connects college students with the local engineering community in order to encourage alumni networking and resume collection. Currently, she is the lead project engineer for her school’s Solar Decathlon 2013 team, leading a group of 20 students to design and build a net-zero home.