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Student Nationally Recognized

Published: June 04, 2015

CHENEY, Washington - Eastern Washington University student Yoora Byeon, a graduating senior in mechanical engineering, has been named the next New Faces of Engineering: College Edition for 2015 by a national building technology society.

The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) selected Byeon for this national award - which includes a $1,000 scholarship. Every year, each of the major national engineering societies is allowed to pick just one graduating student in the entire nation for their New Faces of Engineering: College Edition.

In honoring Byeon, the society noted that she "inspires the younger generation to experience engineering through volunteering at the annual Sea Perch underwater robotics event for middle schoolers." In addition to being a great scholar at Eastern, Byeon has been very active in student clubs and served as president of the EWU ASHRAE student chapter. She also encouraged students to become involved with engineering societies by planning STEM based competitions such as bridge bash, water bottle rockets and egg drop.

"Yoora Byeon is just another example of the great mechanical engineers that EWU is graduating," noted Don Richter, professor of Mechanical Engineerging at Eastern. "She is helping the EWU Mechanical Engineering program gain national recognition."

The award is part of a national recognition program led by the National Engineers Week Foundation, which recognizes the best and brightest junior and senior engineering students by highlighting their academic success and student contributions to the industry and participating engineering society.


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