They’re No Fluke

2016 contest finalists announced 

Fluke Corporation, the testing equipment company, announced finalists for its 2016 student contest in a press release Monday. Qualifications for the college students were skills, innovation, and business application. Student teams used Fluke’s wireless tools and software to collaborate and solve real-world operational problems.

The finalist teams and their selected projects are:

  • Richmond Community College: Bus differential protection application of PVD relays using different ration current transformers.
  • The Peterson School: Eliminate profit erosion due to warranty claims by discovering issues with power quality.
  • Puget Sound Electrical JATC: Commissioning solar photovoltaic systems and validating their parameters.
  • Assabet Valley Regional Tech: Diagnosing CAN bus systems faults.
  • Bates Technical College: Implementing a standard operating procedure to diagnose, fix, and maintain commercial container refrigerator systems.

A panel of six judges evaluated the teams on their technical skills, innovation and creativity, the business value of their projects, and the presentation skills of the team. The judges were: Tom Wilk, chief editor, Plant Services magazine; Todd Redd, national market manager for Graybar; Glen Mazur, author, trainer, and former department chair of Joliet Jr. College; and three judges from Fluke Corporation: Thomas Anderson, senior software engineer; Leah Friberg, education and public affairs manager; and Sabari Ram, SaaS product manager.

Final projects were submitted on April 7. They will be evaluated by the same panel of judges. The public can also vote via the contest website, but hurry, voting ends tomorrow, April 28th. Winners will be announced May 4. Judges control 75% of the vote, and the public, 25%. Team profiles and contest updates are also on the contest website.

The first-place team and their adviser will receive a paid trip to Fluke headquarters in north Seattle to spend a day meeting with Fluke executive and engineering leadership, tour Fluke engineering and manufacturing, and see the Boeing manufacturing facility and Future of Flight Aviation Center next door. The school’s department will also receive $3,500 worth of Fluke tools.

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