Congratulations to Kyle Picha '12, a mechanical engineering graduate from Fort Collins, Colorado, who received the 2012 Arthur L. Williston Medal for his paper “The Future of Power Generation in a Post-Fukushima Society: A Partnership of Rising Renewables and Promising Nuclear Technologies.”
The Williston competition is a national writing contest sponsored by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and honors the student who submits the best paper on a specific topic in the area of civic service. This year’s contest challenged students to reflect on how the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan affects the future of power generation.
This marks the fourth time in the past eight years that a University of Evansville mechanical engineering student has won this prestigious national award. Marie Hoffman ’04, Valerie Stringer ’05, and Andrew Rister ’10 were also Williston Award recipients.
In the fall, Picha will attend Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, to pursue a doctorate in aerospace engineering.