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Left to right: Engineering management seniors Cary Broschat, Joel DeLaRosa and Tim Budinger; Jane Hunter and Mike Arnold, associate director and director, respectively, of the Engineering Management Program; and engineering management senior Geiler Eckman

UA Engineering Management Program Wins Outstanding Chapter Award

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UA Engineering Management Program Wins Outstanding Chapter Award

Dec. 15, 2008
Program director attributes award to, among other things, mentoring provided by upperclassmen.
Mike Arnold and Jane Hunter, director and associate director, respectively, of the Engineering Management Program, brought good news on their return from the annual American Society for Engineering Management (ASEM) conference in November.

Namely, that the Engineering Management Program had won ASEM’s Founders Award, which every year recognizes the outstanding ASEM student chapter.

This year’s ASEM Conference was hosted by the Department of Systems Engineering at the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York.

Melissa Sarmiento, academic advisor and Engineering Management program coordinator, said: “Our student chapter put in a lot of work this year and kudos to them for winning the best student chapter.”

Arnold agreed with Sarmiento: “I believe we garnered the Founders Award because of our great student chapter of ASEM,” Arnold said. “The chapter is quite active hosting a variety of social activities. The chapter also increased membership significantly in ASEM.”

What sets UA apart from other chapters, added Arnold, is the mentoring provided by upperclassmen for newer students. “This mentoring includes ASEM-hosted exam review sessions where upperclassmen review course material and work out problems for the benefit of students in lower division courses,” Arnold said.

ASEM has eight student chapters: Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J.; United States Military Academy in West Point, N.Y.; Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, Miss.; University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif.; St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minn.; The University of Arizona in Tucson, Ariz.; University of Southern California in Los Angeles; and Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Mich.