Friday, May 6, 2022

CSE Student Group awards announced

Congratulations to the CSE student groups and individuals recognized for their achievements and dedication to student engagement over the past academic year. Nearly 80 CSE student organizations work across campus to engage students and build transferable skills that will set them apart from the others.
Check out the CSE Group Awards!

Congratulations to the CSE student groups and individuals recognized for their achievements and dedication to student engagement over the past academic year. Nearly 80 CSE student organizations work across campus to engage students and build transferable skills that will set them apart from the others.

Rookie of the Year: Minnesota Electric Racing
Minnesota Electric Racing is the first team in Minnesota to develop an electric Formula Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) car. The team is gaining experience in areas related to the focus on sustainable energy and transportation, and is expected to assist in retaining the University’s presence as a premier Formula SAE team.

Outstanding Student Group Program or Event: Lunabotics-UMN Robotics
Offered each semester, the Lunabotics event provides an opportunity for students to put their skills into practice and gives them insight into advanced fields early in their academic career. these opportunities may sprout interest in graduate school, research, internships, and more. Meeting weekly, Lunabotics connects individuals of similar interests, providing plenty of development opportunities to work within teams on hands-on experiential projects.

Outstanding Group Leaders
  • Erika Bowe, University of Minnesota Rocket Team
  • A lab manager and president-elect of the University of Minnesota Rocket Team, Erika was recognized as an effective leader almost immediately. Her nominator identifies her as one of the most diligent and passionate leaders, who goes above and beyond to meet the needs of the team. As lab manager, she is not only active within her role but also supports other sub-teams within the group. She also demonstrates inclusion by helping new and inexperienced team members learn the basics of rocketry, and helping the group and individual members take initiative by educating and sharing her passions.
     
  • Swati Rampalli, Code the Gap
  • Driven to create a positive impact in local schools, Swati founded Code the Gap, a group that champions diversity in STEM by teaching Python to K-12 students and encourages the participation of historically underrepresented groups in STEM. Under Swati’s leadership, the group has worked with schools to create afterschool programs, engage with speakers, and promote the mental well being and health of group members. “She is a compassionate and hard-working individual that knows how to balance two very important aspects of a functional group, inspirational persistence, and mindfulness of those involved in the process of bringing big dreams into reality.”

Outstanding Student Group Advisor: Ulrike Tschirner, Food and Bioproducts Engineering Organization
Tschirner was recognized numerous times as an advisor who goes above and beyond as a mentor, supporter, and educator. Her nominators say that she motivates them as a group and as individuals in the field. She encourages independence but also is always available as a strong resource for students. “She makes an effort to have a relationship with every student which makes everyone feel welcomed in the club.”

Outstanding Student Group: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
During the past year, AIAA has more than doubled its membership, held 26 events and hosted four project teams. With a renewed focus on diversity and inclusivity, the group offered workshops teaching hands-on skills in programming, CAD, and soldering. The group also forged new industry connections by hosting an Aerofair career event and working with their local professional chapter for resume reviews. The group also had a lot of fun hosting a trivia night during CSE Week and a waffle bar to build community within the major.

Lind Legacy Award: Gopher Motorsports
The Lind Legacy Award is presented to a student group that has achieved great success, stood the test of time, and has become well-known and respected on campus by faculty, staff, and students. Through its purpose, the group continually adds value to the student experience in CSE. For more than 40 years, the Gopher Motorsports student group has provided University of Minnesota students with opportunities to extend their education from academics to hands-on real-world experience. The group also offers interdisciplinary opportunities for members to collaborate across the University.

Gopher Motorsports has established itself as a leader in its competitive field. As part of Formula SAE, an international collegiate design competition sanctioned by the Society of Automotive Engineers, team members develop and build an open-wheeled, open cockpit race car. In addition to being scored on the performance of their vehicle, teams compete on grounds of financial sustainability and engineering competency. Over the past decade, the group has progressively improved its finishing position in the competition, and regularly places in the top 10 nationally. The team currently is ranked first in Minnesota, third in the US and twenty-seventh in the world.

Previous Lind Legacy Award recipients include the University of Minnesota Rocket Team, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and the Society of Asian Scientist and Engineers.

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