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IEEE-USA Presents $5,000 in Student Awards to Undergraduates from Three Universities

WASHINGTON (17 February 2012) — U.S. undergraduate students from Tufts University in Boston, the University of California at Berkeley, and Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, are being recognized by IEEE-USA during National Engineers Week for creating inspirational 90-second YouTube videos for youngsters 11-to-13-years-old on "How Engineers Make a World of Difference."

In announcing the $5,000 in student awards for IEEE-USA's fifth annual online engineering video scholarship award competition, Nita Patel, IEEE-USA vice president of communications and public awareness, praised the quality and diversity of the entries:

-- $1,500 to Kristen Ford (and her team) at Tufts for best in content and message, reinforcing that engineers and technical professionals are creative people who seek to make life better for all

-- $1,500 to Matthias Mentink (and his team) at Berkeley for best production quality and most professional look

-- $1,500 to Paul Stocklin at Ohio University for the most-viewed submission as of the competition deadline

In addition, $50 in Amazon gift cards will be awarded to each of the three winning team leaders, as well as to all of the entering team leaders.  

Kristen Ford, of Tufts, a human factors engineering major, and vice president of the university's National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), observed that the NSBE chapter's entry should encourage teens "to dream bigger, reach higher and achieve more."
Berkeley's video from IEEE Student Member Matthias Mentink showed in earthquake-prone areas like San Francisco "how engineers make things stronger and better; so that when the next earthquake occurs, we'll be ready for it."
And IEEE student member Paul Stocklin of Ohio University noted that his video garnered the most views by the competition deadline through early entry and use of social media with family and friends, including friends from gaming and online forums.  

To view this year's winning entries, and entries from four previous years, see

In the 2011-12 online video scholarship competition, entries were also received from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Norfolk State University, Virginia State University and the University of Texas at Dallas.

For the fifth consecutive year, IEEE-USA's judging panel was formed by: Andrew Quecan, a Ph.D. student in electrical engineering at Stanford University and J.D. candidate at the University of Texas; Suzette Aguilar, a Ph.D. student in electrical and computer engineering at the University of Wisconsin; and Nate Ball, mechanical engineer and former host of PBS' "Design Squad Nation."

According to IEEE-USA's Patel, the organization's video competition was designed to be replicated in IEEE student sections both in and outside of the United States. In addition to views on YouTube, the winning entries are seen by the 11-to-13-year-old audience on "Design Squad Nation's" Web site.

IEEE-USA advances the public good and promotes the careers and public policy interests of 210,000 engineering, computing and technology professionals who are U.S. members of IEEE. For information on the benefits of IEEE membership, see


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