HAYS, KS -- Continuing a winning tradition, Fort Hays State University technology studies students placed second in the manufacturing portion of the International Technology Education Association national competition held March 13-15 in Columbus, OH.
They were edged out of first by California University of Pennsylvania (California, PA), which won by a margin of three points.
The competition consists of four events: manufacturing, problem-solving, transportation and technology challenge. In the manufacturing event, teams are given a product and four hours to plan the production process and to design and build all jigs and fixtures necessary for mass production. At the end of the four hours, the teams make a series of the products, which are then judged on quality, completeness and accuracy.
"They're strongest in manufacturing," said Dr. Fred Ruda, chair of the Department of Technology Studies, "but they competed well in all events -- just not quite well enough to place."
To participate in the manufacturing event at the national level, teams must win that event in their regional competitions. FHSU has won the regional manufacturing competition 15 of the past 16 years.
"We have absolutely great students, and you couple that with a great program and they do very well," Ruda said.
Students who competed are listed below by hometown and classification.
ASSARIA: Jeremy LeDuc, senior
BASEHOR: Travis Stawinski, junior
HAYS: Matt Brown, senior
IUKA: Jason Garces, senior
KENSINGTON: Justin Bearley, senior
MULVANE: Brad Canfield, senior
NESS CITY: Kris Munsch, junior
STOCKTON: Matt Dunning, senior; Chris Look, senior
OUT OF STATE
CALLAWAY, NE: Kenny Rigler, junior