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Las Cruces, New Mexico The Institute for Energy and the Environment in NMSU’s College of Engineering held its 18th Environmental Design Contest in early April at the Pan Am Center resulting in seven university teams winning design task challenges, and 10 special-award recipients. Award money totaled $26,000 for the winners representing 32 teams from 22 universities across the United States, as well as Canada, Turkey, and Mexico.
Oregon State University won first place for the combination of Tasks 2 and 4: Photovoltaic System Performance Indicator and Sampling Strategy for Spinach. In addition, their team’s faculty adviser, wearing his signature bow tie, accepted the inaugural Life-Long Achievement Award surrounded by half of his 20-member team in bow ties as well, an obvious show of reverence. Goran Jovanovic, associate professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, attended his 16th and final year in the competition, having brought more than 100 students to NMSU, providing each of them an educational experience not achieved through general coursework.
“He has consistently gone above and beyond the call of duty to selflessly nurture and improve student leaders who will have an impact on this world. He has exhibited sustained excellence for almost two decades and we salute him,” said Abbas Ghassemi, IEE Executive Director.
The full Las Cruces Sun-News story can be found at http://www.lcsun-news.com/news/ci_9153966