Awards and Rankings

NBDEngineering team members included: Tyler Pattison, senior, Gig Harbor, Wash.; David Kanda, senior, Laguna Niguel, Calif.; Will Greenburg, senior, Seattle; Christopher King, senior, Post Falls, Idaho; and Sammy Vongphakdy, senior, Renton, Wash.



 Two Gonzaga University School of Engineering and Applied Science student teams – “NBD Engineering” and “In God We Truss” – captured the top two awards, respectively, at the Chicago Innovation Chase finals earlier this month.

NBD Engineering team members won the top prize in the competition for their innovative idea, titled “Smart Serve.” The team designed dinnerware pieces and a serving station that utilized radio frequency identification and sensor technology to track food consumption on the high-tech plates they designed. The team analyzed the collected data to provide insight into consumption, waste and nutrition. In God We Truss designed an innovative product called the KineMAT.  As people walk across the surface of the futuristic mat, the mat produces electricitythat can be stored in lithium ion battery banks. The team designed the mat to be used in high-traffic, indoor areas. In God We Truss beat NBD Engineering by one point at the Spokane semifinals, before NBD Engineering edged In God WeTruss by one point – out of 4,000 total points – at the finals in Chicago Sept. 9.

In God We Truss

The Chicago Innovation Chase is a national intercollegiate tournament designed in collaboration with leading industry experts and academics to prepare raw science, technology, engineering and mathematics talent to solve problems that are relevant and urgent. Students form teams and go through training, challenges, and mentorship from industry leaders. A total of 199 students from four different universities competed in the tournament. Visit the following website for more information on the Chicago Innovation Chase [].

In God We Truss

In God We Truss team members included: Holly Setto, MBA, student; Anthony Schoen, a 2012 Gonzaga graduate; Vince Schuetz, a 2012 GU graduate; Oscar Marmolejo, senior; and Tygh Gianella, senior.  Professor Vladimir Labay, Gonzaga chair of electrical and computer engineering, and Toni Boggan, assistant director of the Center for Engineering Design and Entrepreneurship, led the team.

For more than 60 years, Gonzaga has provided engineering education for students from the Inland Northwest and beyond. As the methods for teaching and practicing engineering evolve, so have our programs and curriculum. This constant commitment to excellence is propelling our faculty, students and school to earn national recognition and awards, some of which are listed below.

National Recognition of Engineering Programs:

  • US News & World Report ranks GU's School of Engineering & Applied Science tied for number 20 best undergraduate engineering program in the nation among engineering schools without a doctoral program in the report's annual college ranking (2007)
  • Mechanical Engineering Program ranked 17th nationally (2002), in the same category

Regional/National Achievements of Students/Faculty:

National Student Safety Engineering Design Contest (Sponsored by ASME-Safety Engineering and Risk Analysis Division and NIOSH):

  • 1999-1st Place "Explosive Delivery System for the Ore Pass Explorer"
  • 2000-1st Place "Design of a Truck Mounted Concrete Mixing Drum Cleaner
  • 2000- 2nd Place "Grizzly Clean-Off Device For Use in Underground Mining Operations"
  • 2001- 1st Place "Concrete Mixing Drum Waterjet Cleaning Apparatus"
  • 2002- 1st Place "Overhead Materials Handling System For Use in Underground Mines"
  • 2003 - 1st Place ""Conveyor Monitoring System for Foreign Debris Detection"
  • 2005 - 2nd Place tie "Tool Designs for the Safe Removal and Installation of Heavy Equipment Bucket Teeth," and "Design of a Driver's Seat Suspension System for Heavy-Duty Halage Vehicles"
  • 2008 - 1st Place "Rapid Mobility Particle Sizer (RMPS)"

National Old Guard Competition, ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition (IMECE):

  • 2000 - 1st Place "Microchannel Recuperator For a Gas Turbine Engine"
  • 2003 - Best Technical Presentation in Oral competition
  • 2003 - 4th Place Overall

National Hydropower Contest, Student Division, Efficiency Category:

  • 2000 - 1st Place
  • 2001 - 1st Place
  • 2002 - 1st Place
  • 2003 - 2nd Place

Regional/National ASCE Student Chapter Steel Bridge Design Competition:

  • 1998- 2nd Place (Regional)
  • 1998- 8th Place (National)
  • 2005 - 5th Place (Regional)
  • 2006 - 1st Place (Regional)
  • 2006 - Nationals - Weight (1st), Efficiency (11th), Overall (13th out 45 teams)

ASME Region VIII Student Paper Contest:

  • 1999- 1st Place "The Design of the Cooling System For the Electronics on the Boeing 777"

IEEE Region VI Student Paper Contest:

  • 2000 - 1st Place "Design of a Standard Phase Noise Test Source"
  • 2003 - 3rd Place "Reliability Enhancement of the AVISTA Electric Power System"
  • 2006 - 2nd Place "Theory & Design of a Portable, Quantitative, Airborne, particulate Matter Sensor"
  • 2008 - Certificate of Merit "Electric Secondary Distribution System Design"

Global Student Entrepreneur Awards Competition:

  • Miles Mays, '04 Civil Engineering Grad, was one of fifteen finalists in the competition in November, 2003. He showcased his business Flying M Livestock and Washout.

National Environmental and Water Resources Institute Parsons Brinkerhoff Student Design Competition:

  • 2002-3rd Place "Stormwater Sampling Device Installation and Calibration Testing"

SAE Aerowest Competition:

  • 2003 - 22nd Place (first year in competition)
  • 2004 - 12th Place
  • 2005 - 7th Place

ASCE Concrete Frisbee/Bocce Ball Competition:

  • 2004 - 3rd Place
  • 2005 - 7th Place
  • 2006 - 2nd Place (overall), 2nd Place (Technical Paper)

ASCE Concrete Canoe Competition:

  • 2007 - Women's Endurance Race - 2nd Place
  • 2007 - Men's Endurance Race - 2nd Place
  • 2007 - Women's Sprint Race - 2nd Place
  • 2007- Men's Sprint Race - 3rd Place
  • 2007 - Co-Ed Sprint Race - 2nd Place
  • 2007 - Technical Design Paper - 3rd Place
  • 2007 - Overall - 4th Place 
  • 2008 - Durability, Aesthetics, and Final Product - 1st Place
  • 2008 - Technical Design Paper - 2nd Place
  • 2008 - Oral Presentation - 4th Place
  • 2008- Men's Sprint - 1st Place
  • 2008 - Men's Endurance - 1st Place
  • 2008 - Women's Endurance - 2nd Place
  • 2008 - Women's Sprint - 8th Place
  • 2008 - Co-Ed Sprint - 2nd Place
  • 2008 - Overall Racing - 1st Place
  • 2008 - Overall Placement - 2nd Place

National Manufacturing Division Student Paper Contest, ASME, IMECE:

  • 2002- One of seven finalists (for November 2002)
  • 2004 - 2nd Place Student Safety Design Contest, "Tool Designs for the Safe Removal and Installation of Heavy Equipment Bucket Teeth," and "Design of a Driver's Seat Suspension System for Heavy-Duty Haulage Vehicles."

Engineers Without Borders:

  • 2004/05 - Awarded US EPA grant for People, Prosperity and the Planet
  • 2006 - Awarded Honorable Mention at the annual P3 Sustainable Design Competition in Washington, D.C.
  • 2007 - Awarded Honorable Mention at P3 Sustainable Design Competition in Washington, D.C.

Alpha Sigma Nu National Jesuit Book Awards:

  • 2001 - Extended Surface Heat Transfer by Dr. Abdul Aziz, Professor of Mechanical Engineering

ASME National Student Section Advisor Award for Top Faculty Advisor:

  • 2002- Dr. Massimo Capobianchi, Chair & Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Local SME Student Paper Competition:

  •  2007 - 2nd Place - Darcy Wagner "Plastic vs. Paper, A Manufacturing Perspective;" 3rd Place - Arlen Beers-Green "The Ideal Spacecraft Skin Material for a Manned Mission to Mars;" Consolation - Marie Gibbons "Product Standardization for the NCAA Basketball"

Other Significant Accomplishments:

Developed a National Conference on the topic "Ethics and Social Responsibility in Engineering and Technology"

  • 1st and 2nd Annual Conferences held in 2001 and 2002, Coeur d'Alene, ID
  • 3rd Annual Conference held in 2003 in New Orleans, LA, in partnership with LSU and ASEE
  • 4th Annual Conference to be held in June, 2005 in Los Angeles, CA in partnership with Loyola Marymount University

Civil Engineering Senior Nominated for Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy

  • George Josten was nominated for the Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy Award honoring the top collegiate male and female soccer players from around the nation.  Josten carried a 3.85 GPA and was an ESPN the Magazine first-team Academic All-America selection in 2006 and was awarded the Bulldog Club Male Athlete of the Year and Scholar Athlete of the Year at the Senior Athletes Social.
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