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'Proud to be a Hawk': Engineering students win top honors in competition

first place team
First place winners are from left, front row: Jaseem Muhammad, Glenda Rubio, Aline Lira. Back row: Ryan Jarnagin, Martin Demaret, Dr. Ariful Bhuiyan.

University of Houston-Clear Lake mechanical engineering and computer science students achieved recognition as well as the top awards at the Texas Academy of Science Annual Meeting, which took place in February on the UH-Clear Lake Campus.

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering Ariful Bhuiyan, and Associate Professor of Software Engineering Soma Datta guided their students, who submitted posters and gave presentations.

The students are supported by the Pathways to STEM Careers grant program, which enables UHCL to develop and enhance support services to increase student success in among Hispanic students in STEM fields.

Mechanical engineering students Glenda Rubio, Salvador Talaver and Modesto Rojas swept the poster presentations for the Physics and Engineering section, taking first, second and third place awards.

"Hearing the names of UHCL students being called as winners made me feel proud of being a Hawk," said Rubio. "There was cheering and whistling, just like when the Astros score a home run. I got happier with every step I took toward the podium, representing my university and my team in front of the science community."

Jose Ortiz won third place in the Physics and Engineering category for his oral presentation. Eric Washington won second place for his oral presentation in the STEM Education category.

For more information about Pathways to STEM Careers scholarships, go online.

2nd place team
Second place winners are, from left, front row: Colton Picazo, Linda Jimenez, Salvador Meija. Back row, from left: Dr. Ariful Bhuiyan, Matthew Paine, Alberto Ponce, Miguel Guzman.
third place team
Third place winners are, from front row left: Dr. Ariful Bhuiyan, Nancy Ainslie, James Colson. Back row, from left: Wagmee Fernando, Modesto Rojas, Reid Mills
Third place
Third place paper presentation winners are, from front row left: Rosario Orsino, Jessica Cruz, Oscar Ochoa Perez, Tony Cao. Back row, from left: Dr. Ariful Bhuiyan, Richard Mann, Jose Ortiz