CCNY Black Engineers Sweep Awards at NSBE Regionals

The City College of New York’s student chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers took first place in three categories in addition to scooping the best “Trailblazer Chapter Award” at the NSBE Region 1 conference in Hauppauge, N.Y. 

The winners at the event from City College’s Grove School of Engineering were:

  • Chiziterem Uwaga (senior, mechanical engineering), Individual Challenge Question with his presentation on tackling harmful pathogens;
  • Rajiv Wallace (senior, chemistry), in the Technical Research Exhibition;
  • “Team Parchment Protectors” comprising Oren Previl (junior, civil engineering), O’Neil Bruno (senior environmental engineering) and Andre Kerr (junior, mechanical engineering) in the Structural Design Team competition.

In addition, Kirk Shillingford, an environmental engineering senior, and the City College NASBE chapter president, was third in the Individual Challenge. His topic was energy storage and space propulsion.

Andre Smithson, a chemistry senior, was second in the Technical Research Exhibition. He was also, along with Oksana James (junior, environmental engineering) and Shadeyrack Quiroz (junior, mechanical engineering), on the CCNY team that placed third in the Structural Design event.  

The “Trailblazer Award” was for the chapter that best exemplifies NSBE’s mission which is to academic excellence, professional development and positively impacting the community.

NSBE has 29,900 members. Region 1 serves the northeastern United States, eastern Canada and the countries of West Africa.

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Jay Mwamba
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