2018 Rawson Scholarship Recipient Update

Read the accomplishments of our 2018 scholarship recipients below.

Bryan Burke
I am in my final semester as an Electrical Computer Engineering major. My classes this year include Power Electronics, Digital Signal Processing, and Capstone Design. I have continued to excel in my courses raising my GPA to a 3.5/4.0. I plan to continue my education by obtaining my Masters of Engineering in Engineering Management after obtaining my Bachelors degree this upcoming May.

I am currently in pursuit of finding my future career as either an electrical systems engineer and/or electronics engineer and remain open to all career opportunities involving these areas of focus. Although I have not had the opportunity to work with boilers directly, many of my classes do integrate various means of controls circuiting and interfacing—an essential aspect to a modern boiler’s design.

The Rawson Scholarship has greatly impacted my final undergraduate year. By helping to lift the financial burden, the Rawson Scholarship has allowed me to nearly finish my schooling with high standing and enable me to potentially pursue a
graduate degree.

I would like to thank ABMA for selecting me as a two-time recipient of this award.

Brett Curtsinger
The progress of my 2018-2019 school year is going very smoothly. Although the classes are challenging, they prove to be very beneficial. In the Fall of 2018, I had Product and Tooling Design, Computer Aided Engineering Design Graphics, and Essential Calculus. Product and Tooling Design focused on designing tooling for different manufacturing processes. Computer Aided Engineering Design Graphics focused on modeling objects around limited resources and a limited budget, then manufacturing what we modeled. We also worked towards getting our Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional (CSWP) certificate. Essential Calculus focused on calculus that you may run into in the real world.

This semester, I’m currently taking Senior Design, Quality Control, Electrical Systems, and Plane Surveying. Our project for Senior Design is to find a real-world problem with a mechanical object and innovate that object. We must model it in SOLIDWORKS, apply GD&T (Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing) controls to our features, build a prototype, and manufacture the final product within a $100 budget. We are also continuing our goal of achieving our CSWP from the previous semester. Quality Control focuses on how companies should operate in order to control high quality of their products by using statistics. Electrical Systems focuses on electrical circuits and how to calculate them, measure them, and assemble them. Lastly, Plane Surveying is a course that focuses on how to shoot grade and calculate elevation differences for construction sites.

During my time here at Murray State University, I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to work as an intern for Ware Inc. out of Louisville, KY. I’ve worked for them for two summers and two Christmas breaks. On top of working for them during my breaks, I’ve been fortunate enough to work part time, remotely, for a little over a year now. My work for Ware consists of reverse engineering equipment to update outdated drawings, drawing as-builts, drawing piping and instrument diagrams, drawing some electrical schematics, and modeling 3D models of their units. I also help research how steam is used in culture for “Steam Culture” on Ware’s YouTube channel. Once I graduate in May, I hope to work for Ware full-time as a Design Engineer.

The Randy Rawson Scholarship has relieved so much of a financial burden off my shoulders. With this being my senior year, my funds have become low. The Rawson scholarship went toward my housing on campus and it paid a significant amount. I greatly appreciate the support of the ABMA Randy Rawson Scholarship.

Tobias Dwyer
This past year, I have worked on several projects. I did an internship at Tulane University over the summer where I used supercomputers to model how water behaves in confined spaces around different molecules that has implications in protein engineering and drug discovery and won first prize at the SMART REU poster competition.

I am currently working on a project to mathematically model an electrochemical system that allows my research group to turn certain components of wastewater into viable fertilizer. Theoretical understanding of the driving factors of the system will hopefully allow for better system design.

This is my last semester as an undergraduate and plan to go on to graduate school for my PhD. While I do not know what projects I'll be working on, I have received offers from promising schools including UT Austin, University of Michigan and Georgia Tech.

This scholarship has impacted me in various ways. First, it has allowed me freedom to explore my engineering courses more deeply. As a result, the scholarship has allowed me to work on various research projects in my spare time. I can't imagine what my first few years in college would have looked like without the Rawson scholarship's generous help.

Dylan Funk
This semester I will be completing my junior year study in Mechanical Engineering at Wichita State University and excited to share I have accepted an internship with Koch Glitsch this summer where I will be working as an engineering intern.

My responsibilities will include improving the design and manufacture of mass transfer, mist elimination, and liquid-liquid coalescing equipment. My contributions will affect the refining, chemical, petrochemical, and gas processing industries.

The support I have received from ABMA throughout my academic career has played a strategic role in my success. Receiving this award has encouraged me to work diligently towards my educational and career goals. Without this help, my academic journey would have been much more financially strenuous. I want to thank everyone involved in ABMA for supporting me and allowing me to represent the organization.

Kolby Keisling
This past year has been productive.  In 2018, I presented my research on the cosmic ray test stand at the APS Division of Nuclear Physics (DNP) conference in Hawaii. In a few weeks, I will be giving the cosmic stand presentation locally with the Abilene Christian Univeristy (ACU) Undergraduate Research Festival.

I have also been accepted into the McNair Scholars Program which is designed to prepare eligible undergraduate students for doctoral studies through involvement in research, conference presentation experience, and other scholarly activities.

My Junior Clinic project has is underway and involves working with my team design a lamp that can operate for 20+ hours in rural Indonesia. This is a pre-requisite to my senior capstone.

I am currently discussing summer internship opportunities with ABMA member Rentech Boiler Systems.

Xavier Rios
I am grateful ABMA selected me for the Rawson Scholarship. It has been a great help financially and given me peace of mind. The scholarship has allowed me focus on academics instead of worrying about how I'm going to get through school.

During the Fall 2018 semester, I was enrolled in Calculus I, Chemistry and Lab, Technical Communications, and Intro to Mechanical Engineering. Through hard work and perseverance, I have earned the academic honor of Dean's List for the College of Engineering at UNT.

I am currently pursuing an internship with Halgo Power, also an ABMA member, for the Summer 2019. Further down my studies, I look forward to take classes on thermal science, fluid flow, and energy so that I might be more prepared for the boiler industry.

Joe Valentine
I cannot thank ABMA and the scholarship committee enough for selecting me for the scholarship. The money I received alleviated some financial burdens and helped me achieve a 4.0 GPA in my fall semester of 2018.

Currently, I am taking a multivariable calculus, calculus based physics focused on classical electromagnetism, and using Matlab/Simulnk programs to perform engineering related applications.

I have one more year at Irvine Valley College and plan to transfer to University of California Irvine and finish my degree. Once again, I can't thank you and committee enough for assisting me in my education and future.