Co-op Students Ranked Among the Best

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“We've offered the co-op program to our students for two decades now, and we've seen outstanding results from the relationships our students build with the industries they serve during their co-ops. We’re especially pleased that two of the nation’s five best co-op students this year come from the UK College of Engineering."

-- Thomas W. Lester,
dean,
UK College of Engineering

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 18, 2004) -- Two UK College of Engineering students have been ranked among the top five engineering cooperative education students in the nation by the cooperative education division of the American Society of Engineering Education.

Amy Sandman and Tim Arrowsmith recently received the recognition at the society’s annual Conference for Industry and Education Collaboration in Biloxi, Miss.

In the College of Engineering’s co-op program, students receive academic credit for work and research performed for a corporation at a company facility. The co-op assignment generally lasts a semester. Frequently, companies will hire co-op students who have worked for them upon the students’ graduation.

“We've offered the co-op program to our students for two decades now, and we've seen outstanding results from the relationships our students build with the industries they serve during their co-ops. We’re especially pleased that two of the nation’s five best co-op students this year come from the UK College of Engineering,” college Dean Thomas W. Lester said.

The award is based on scholarship, performance, innovation at work and leadership on campus.

Sandman, a mechanical engineering major scheduled to graduate in May 2005, was nominated by UK with support from her co-op employer, DuPont Washington Works in Parkersburg, W.Va. She is president of the Society of Women Engineers student section at UK and holds a regional position with the organization, managing more than 20 student sections in Kentucky, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio. She also is a member of the national Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, the engineering equivalent of Phi Beta Kappa.

She is a graduate of Ballard High School in Louisville.

Arrowsmith, also scheduled to graduate in May 2005, was nominated by his co-op employer, ADTRAN of Huntsville, Ala., a supplier of network innovations and tools to telecommunications corporations such as Cisco Systems and AT&T. He is finishing his third rotation with the company.

He was instrumental in resurrecting the Triangle engineering fraternity at UK and serves as the fraternity’s vice president of community service. He is also a member of the national Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society.

Arrowsmith is a graduate of Paul G. Blazer High School in Ashland.


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