High Schoolers Win Engineer of Future Award

Wednesday, May 25, 2011 @ 12:05 PM gHale

Two Houston high school seniors from one of the city’s prominent engineering magnet schools won the Honeywell Engineer of the Future Scholarship, a program that highlights the significant role engineers can play in promoting environmental sustainability.

Christopher Foster and Nicholas Robbins, who each attend the High School for Engineering Professions (HSEP), won the award for their ideas on how to reduce pollution at industrial manufacturing plants.

“Christopher and Nicholas exemplify that with innovative thinking, leadership, and hard work, engineering can make a positive difference in creating a sustainable world,” said Norm Gilsdorf, president, Honeywell Process Solutions. “We were impressed by the high-level of thought, creativity, and analysis in their recommendations. Engineers are critical to our planet’s future, and we are glad to support their continuing education as well as raise awareness of the important contributions they make.”

Foster and Robbins each wrote 500-word essays describing their recommendations to reduce carbon emissions produced by industrial facilities. Foster received the top prize of $2,500 for recommending ways to capture and commercialize carbon emissions and transitioning to wireless technologies. Robbins won the runner-up prize of $500 for discussing how to re-engineer industrial plant components to work together as a more-efficient system. Foster will attend Texas A&M University in the fall to study petrochemical engineering, while Robbins will study mechanical engineering at Rice University.

“Christopher and Nicholas have been model students at HSEP and represent the type of young talent the engineering professions need to help make the world a better place,” said Lashonda Bilbo-Irvin, principal at the High School for Engineering Professions. “We are grateful that a cutting-edge engineering company like Honeywell recognizes the importance of engineering in creating a greener world, and for supporting the next generation of engineers.”

The Honeywell Engineer of the Future Scholarship was open to all seniors in the Houston Independent School District. For more information about the scholarship, just click here.

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