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The Pitre Dish

February 29, 2020

Greetings to the #EverCougs community!

Happy ‘Leap Day’ 2020 to everyone! WSU Everett is celebrating its second Leap Day in our young history, and we have a lot to show for it.

We are proud of the impact we see every day in the eyes of our students as they work hard, they learn, and they achieve great things at WSU with the support of our faculty and staff. Let me highlight a few of those.

We’re proud of the leadership Dr. Gordon Taub has shown in this community and with his students. This month he authored a piece in the Sunday Everett Herald sharing the experiences of our students competing in a Department of Energy event challenging our students to research, design, build and test a fully functional, small-scale wind turbine, and perform a financial analysis of a wind farm. Better still, when the students fly to Denver, Colo., to compete and learn from industry experts, it will be a group of both WSU Everett and Everett Community College students. He brings together students at multiple institutions(!) and from diverse areas of study, including engineering, business, communication and manufacturing. I encourage you to read and share his op-ed.

That wind energy group is one of four teams within the WSU Everett Engineering Club. This year, each of those four teams has been invited to compete in national and international competitions showcasing their hard work!

The Design Build Fly team will compete in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Design Build Fly contest this April in Wichita, Kan. Students must design, manufacture and demonstrate flight capabilities of an unmanned, electric-powered, radio-controlled aircraft.

The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) asks students to design and build an off-road vehicle that will survive the severe punishment of rough terrain in the Baja SEA competition. WSU Everett students will travel to Peoria, Ill., in June for a multi-day competition that includes challenging events ranging from hill climbs to rock crawling and endurance.

The world-famous WSU Everett Mars Rover team has passed multiple checkpoints in the University Rover Challenge that is hosted by The Mars Society. The team most recently successfully passed preliminary design review, which allows them to continue their path to competing in May in Hanksville, Utah, in 2021.

Our Association for Computing Machinery club students also hosted their first hackathon in concert with Snohomish County and the City of Everett, calling it ‘CougHacks.’ Students had three challenge tracks. The downtown parking accessibility challenge was to develop a solution related to finding parking in downtown Everett. The government accessibility challenge prompted participants to create a notification system providing residents a single place to enroll in existing county and city notification systems. The community enhancement challenge was open to interpretation, allowing students to determine their own problem statement and solution. After an overnight, more than 24-hour event, they presented truly innovative solutions to our governments that were judged by experts. This is exactly the type of community asset that our institution and students can be in this region.

Hands-on experiences like these are only possible when students can engage with our incredible faculty members as students. That’s why every dollar that is invested by this community in scholarships is transformational. I ask you to give to support scholarships for WSU Everett students. I also look forward to personally sharing stories of student success in Everett on #CougsGive Day this April 28!

Go Cougs!

Paul Pitre, Chancellor
WSU Everett & Everett University Center

 

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