Page 5 - ME Spring 2020 Newsletter
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ME graduating senior and UMN Robotics President Trygve Eggen is ready to be a leader in his field. Eggen first joined the robotics team as a freshman, and left the U as its president — overseeing five competitive teams and more than 100
other students. On his way out, he managed to win two 2019
Tony Diggs Excellence Awards as well as the 2020 President’s
Student Leadership and Service Award. He’s also a recipient
of the ASME Scholarship and has been an active member of
the UMN ASME Chapter. On top of all that, he managed to finish his BME with flying colors and successfully navigated projects like the relocation of the UMN Robotics Shop to Shepherd Labs.
During his junior year, Eggen landed a co-op position at Thermo King, where he spent eight months working on transport refrigeration systems in trucks. He also volunteered at For Inspiration and Recognition of Science, and Technology (FIRST) competitions, passing down his ME knowledge to middle- and high-schoolers who may not know about STEM fields otherwise. “I wasn’t as aware of engineering in high school,” said Eggen. “So, it’s really great to interact with students who aren’t in college yet, being able to tell them what I wish I had heard when I was in high school.”
Eggen is heading into his next chapter with openness and optimism. He’s ready for the job market, thanks to his time at ME combined with his hard work and discipline. “I have this really solid foundation in engineering,” said Eggen. “Every question companies throw at me in an interview, I can come up with a story from one of my classes or robotics. I really think I’m prepared for a job in industry.”
Two ME Students Receive NSF Fellowships
Nyssa Capman (left) and Judith Dominguez (right) were both awarded NSF Fellowships out of a nationwide competition
for one of the most prestigious awards in STEM. Capman, currently a second-year
PhD student, is working on
a multidisciplinary project
developing graphene-based
chemical sensors for use in a wide variety of applications such as point-of-care diagnosis and environmental testing. Dominguez is an undergraduate who works in the Biosensing and Biorobotics Laboratory. She is a first-generation college student who has already contributed to multiple journal articles and is active in the Society for Hispanic Professional Engineers Minneapolis Chapter.
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