Honeywell announces the winners of its first university student competition which recognizes university and technical students for designing solutions that solve critical manufacturing plant issues in the process industries.
This year, students pursuing degrees in technical fields at accredited colleges and universities in Canada, the U.S. and South America designed plans to address challenges for the process industry using wireless technology or simulation software.
The 2011 Americas Honeywell Users Group (HUG) Symposium showcased the winning teams' designs.
According to Norm Gilsdorf, Honeywell Process Solutions president, the industry is currently facing a shortage of incoming engineering talent and we all know it. "To see the level of critical thinking and innovative ideas put forth in this competition is a very encouraging sign for the future,” said Gilsdorf.
"The students addressed real-world challenges that today's engineers face, and all of them represent the type of talent our customers need to advance their respective industries," added Gilsdorf.
University of Pennsylvania students Miroslav Pajic and Vemuri Srinivas were named winners in the wireless category for a proposal that focused on distributed controller grids and the next generation of robust wireless control and actuation. Pajic and Srinivas discussed the emerging trend of wireless sensor-actuator-controller (WSAC) networks as a single solution to monitor and operate automation systems to lower installation and maintenance costs.
In the simulation software category, Pedro Amer and Nahir Torres from the Universidad de Oriente Venezuela created a process simulation model of a high-pressure steam generation boiler. Amer and Torres demonstrated how simulation can train operators to evaluate different scenarios in production and designing processes offline.