Weekly Feature

2009-07-08 / Education

East students named 'Buffalo's Best Engineering Team of Future'

Seventy Western New York high school students "flexed their mental muscles" as they competed in May in BEAM TREK, an all-day, brain-teasing race on the University at Buffalo's North Campus.

The "Star Trek"-themed competition was held by alumni of the UB School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and local companies and educational organizations to find new sources of support for the award-winning BEAM (Buffalo-area Engineering Awareness for Minorities) program.

The BEAM TREK event involved 14 companies and organizations, each of which sponsored at least one team in Saturday's event. BEAM TREK so far has raised more than $20,000 for its summer educational programs, according to UB Engineering.

At BEAM TREK, UB engineering faculty challenged 14 teams of Western New York high school students to complete a range of engineering tasks.

The winning team from Williamsville East was dubbed "Buffalo's Best Engineering Team of the Future."

Members of the first-place team were juniors Cody Degen, Katie Hoerner and Kelsey Hogan and sophomore Taylor Kunkes.

The fifth-place team consisted of junior Ryan Dohn and sophomores Marlee Feldmann, Sarah Hamza and Doris Kwan. The team adviser is Matt Fisher.

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