Iowa City Teams Finish First In National Engineering Competition

Friday, April 27, 2007

The University of Iowa College of Engineering has announced the national rankings for high school teams participating in its Feb. 3 and Feb. 7 Junior Engineering Technical Society (JETS) Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics, and Science (TEAM+S) Competition. More than 1,200 high schools from across the country participated in the 2007 TEAM+S competition, which featured seven varsity and seven junior varsity divisions based upon high school enrollment size.

The results, including divisional national championships for teams from Iowa City West High School and Iowa City Regina High School, are:

--Division 3-Varsity: 5th Place, Iowa City Regina: Wes Hottel, Kiho Kong, Teddy Larew, Young Lee, Josh Modrick, Peter Montag, Tyler Ronnfeldt, Holli Rustan, and Phil Ward. The Regina coaches are Derek Fawcett and Martha Hartwig.

--Division 7-Varsity: 1st Place, Iowa City West-Team A: Jeffrey Chenhall, Darren Look, Kyle Shatzer, Thane Somers, Gray Thomas, Lujia Zhang, Roy Zhang and Shuo Zhang. 34th Place, Iowa City West-Team B: Curie Ahn, Ethan Coffel, Tyler Dawson, Ahmad El-Hattab, Jenny Lee, Sun Lee, Isaac Sheff and Lena Ye. The coach is Jim Ruebush.

--Division 9-Varsity: 26th Place, Cedar Rapids Kennedy: Elizabeth DeHoedt, Aaron Elias, Don Guarino, Zach Hayes, Shawn Hassen, Tyler Kurtz, Micah Loesch, Victoria Manistre, Michael McConnel, Jennifer Miller, Tia Nagle, Nick Ryder, Graham Sawyer, Adam Shroyer and Brandon Wlosinski. The coach is Mark Jensen.

--Division 3-Junior Varsity: 1st Place, Iowa City Regina: Stephen Grabowski, Garam Kim, Heeju Lee, Katie Monger, Tim Neuzil, Wonil Park and Nick Williams. The Regina coaches are Derek Fawcett and Martha Hartwig.

JETS competition requires that students develop and use their problem-solving skills in engineering and technology-based fields while working in a team environment. The competition consists of two 90-minute exams where students may use books, resources, notes and teamwork. The student teams work on real-life engineering problems and compete against teams from across the country. The questions -- representative of college freshman-level engineering coursework -- deal with engineering issues such as air transportation, bridge design and rehabilitation, flood analysis, solar-powered vehicles and food preservation.

Additional information about JETS can be found at: http://www.engineering.uiowa.edu/JETS-TEAMS/index.html.