Student Team Wins National Engineering Competition

The Mechanical Contractors Association of America Inc. (MCAA) announced that Cal Poly Pomona?s team won the organization?s national student competition. The students accepted the award during the seventh annual Awards of Excellence program on March 5 at MCAA?s 114th annual convention in Palm Springs, Calif.

There are 22 university chapters of the MCAA. Four teams were selected for the final competition, and presented their proposals during the convention March 4. During the competition, chapter teams put together written and oral proposals for the design of a family-oriented athletic facility located in Lincoln, Neb. The project resulted from a cooperative venture between MCAA and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating & Air-Conditioning Engineers.

As first place recipients, the seven Cal Poly Pomona students will share a $5,000 cash prize. The runner-up team from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln shared a prize of $2,500. Purdue University in Indiana received honorable mention.

Cal Poly Pomona?s team included engineering students Travis Craven, Noel Santos, Gene White, Shaabini Babu, Ryan Aday, Isidro Garcia and Brian Jarrett. Professor Ed Clancy served as adviser.

MCAA serves more than 2,000 firms involved in heating, air conditioning, refrigeration, plumbing, piping and mechanical service. They provide members with educational materials and programs to help them attain the highest possible level of managerial and technical expertise.