UWM Engineering Students Rock(well) China

For the first time, UWM College of Engineering & Applied Science students competed in an annual Rockwell Automation competition held in Shanghai. The UWM team –the only international group to participate–shared first-place at the fifth Allen-Bradley Automation System Application Contest, a competition that was judged by automation experts in China and representatives from China’s Ministry of Education.

Students Nicholas Urso, Amanda Bruessel, Andrew Krill, and Theresa Impink-Hernandez scored big at the Rockwell Automation contest in Shanghai.

Congratulations to undergraduate students Andrew Krill, Amanda Bruessel and Nicholas Urso and graduate student Theresa Impink-Hernandez.

A total of 58 teams entered the final competition that gauged knowledge and command of Rockwell Automation’s precision control equipment. Ten teams were named as grand prize winners; 12 shared first place honors

“A lot of teamwork made it possible for our students to enter this competition,” says David Yu, professor, electrical engineering. At the invitation of Michael Cook, director of Rockwell’s University Partnerships Program, Yu and the late Jim Cummins, a lecturer in electrical engineering, had scoped out the competition in 2016; Dean Brett Peters decided to pursue it and green-lighted the effort.

Students Nicholas Urso, Theresa Impink-Hernandez, Amanda Bruessel, Andrew Krill prepared for months for the competition.

In January, student participants were selected by Ethan Munson, associate dean for academic affairs, Dave McClanahan, faculty associate, electrical engineering, Naira Campbell-Kyureghyan, professor and department chair, industrial and manufacturing engineering, and Wilkistar Otieno, associate professor, industrial and manufacturing engineering.

For the next few months, the four selected students trained for the competition under the guidance of Aderiano da Silva, instructor, industrial engineering, using equipment donated by Rockwell Automation. Yu accompanied the students during the contest.

“I was extremely pleased with our students’ performance,” Yu said. “This was a big event and they were excellent ambassadors for UWM.”

— Carolyn Bucior