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Citadel News Service
24 Apr 2006

Electrical and computer engineering students bring home awards

At the 2006 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Southeastern conference March 31-April 1 in Memphis, Tenn., seniors from the electrical and computer engineering department competed against more than two dozen engineering colleges and universities making a lasting impression and bringing home some notable awards.

Seth Hooper and Edwin Spencer as Elvis
Seniors Seth Hooper and Edwin Spencer are enlisted Navy students participating in the Nuclear Seaman to Admiral Commissioning Program to earn their degree in electrical and computer engineering. Spencer won first place in the Elvis impersonation contest followed by Hooper, who won second.

The robot designed, fabricated, programmed and tested by Citadel students Thomas Dotstry, Lucas Parobek, Edwin Spencer, Seth Hooper, and Leslie Jarvis placed eighth in the signature competition—hardware design.

Dotstry and Hooper also placed second in the regional ethics competition in which the students had several hours to write, present and defend an opinion of a case study involving questionable engineering ethics. The Citadel seniors pressed on to win first place in the resume writing contest, which required generating resumes and cover letters from briefs provided of an experienced engineer and of a recent graduate. Industry professionals judged both contests.

On a lighter note, Spencer and Hooper placed first and second in the Elvis impersonator contest. Spencer’s rendition of “Heartbreak Hotel,” including a serenade to the team’s robot, brought down the house. As the conference came to a close, it was announced, “The Citadel has left the building.”

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