Mechanical engineering students, professor bring district awards home to TTU

thumb TTU_ASME_2012The American Society of Mechanical Engineers has recognized students at Tennessee Tech University as the best in the South.

The student ASME chapter at TTU, which has 75 members, received the Outstanding Student Section Award for District F, which comprises 10 Southern states. Chapter president Navya Raghoji also received the Outstanding Student Award for District F.

“ASME is a great way to interact with fellow mechanical engineering students and professionals from around the world,” said Raghoji. “ASME has helped me grow as a student, as a leader and as a future mechanical engineer.”

Steve Canfield, a mechanical engineering professor and chapter advisor, received the ASME Student Section Advisor Award for District F as well. Canfield has been the faculty advisor for the TTU student ASME chapter for about 10 years.

Canfield selected Raghoji to represent TTU in the Old Guard Oral Presentation Competition at ASME’s Student Professional Development Conference, and she took second place among the eight schools represented nationwide.

The competition was established to prepare engineering students to communicate engineering topics effectively with diverse audiences. The 15-minute presentations are followed by a rigorous question and answer period with the student.

Raghoji, a junior mechanical engineering major from Manchester, delivered an address on coal-fired power plants. Her parents are Ramesh and Sudhalakshmi Raghoji.