Engineering Students Take Top Honors at International Competition

Engineering Students Take Top Honors at International Competition
(From left) Engineering students Sandy Kwan, Steve Jankly, Amir Eshraghi, Saif Rawas stand with ISA Delegate Kim Miller Dunn and Professor Salomon Oldak.

A group of Cal Poly Pomona engineering students took top honors at the Instrumentation, Systems and Automation Expo 2006's International Student Games in Houston, Texas.

Students Saif Rawas, Sandy Kwan, Steve Jankly and Amir Eshraghi competed to solve four engineering problems typically found in industry that deals with plant controls, operation and monitoring.

The students competed against 11 colleges and universities and took second place at the October event.

“This competition has been one of the most challenging and rewarding competitions I've ever been involved in,” says Rawas, who is president of the Cal Poly Pomona Instrumentation, Systems and Automation chapter. “It helped me develop teamwork and motivation in trying to solve intense problems while experiencing how it feels to be in a high-pressure, time-sensitive situation.”

Companies Emerson and Honeywell designed the challenges and provided the equipment needed to solve them.

Students were given 45 minutes to solve each problem, and then were graded according to timeliness, teamwork and how well the problems were completed, Rawas says.

Cal Poly Pomona's team trailed for first place by two points behind Lambton College based in Sarnia, Canada.

Third place went to the British Columbia Institute of Technology from Burnaby, Canada, which trailed Cal Poly Pomona by one point.

Briefly, the four problems were:

  • Modeling flow control and monitoring using DeltaV and MiMiC applications      
  • Troubleshooting a real-life pressure tank and PID tuning      
  • DeltaV Safety Instrumented System (SiS) valve tripping      
  • Burner controller and safety code compliance