Category Archives: Student Competitions

Speeding to Indy for the Phoenix Challenge

The "Whole-in-One" -- the Dunwoody team's entry for the Phoenix Challenge

A team of four students from the Design & Graphics Technology department will be competing this weekend in the Phoenix Challenge, the Flexographic Technical Association’s annual product design and printing competition for colleges and universities that provide training in flexographic printing.

The competition will take place April 30 in Indianapolis, Indiana, and is the culmination of months of hard work to conceive, design, market, and print an original product using flexographic printing technology.

This year’s challenge was to create a promotional product for a golf fund-raising event. Dunwoody’s team created the Whole-In-One (pictured above) and have been working since last summer to prepare for the competition. The students who will be representing the entire team at the Phoenix Challenge are: Matt Christianson, Mitch Hanson, Mary Johnson and DJ Rickerd. They will not only be submitting the final products for judging but also giving a presentation before the judges on the processes they used to develop and print the product.

Instructors Shawn Oetjen and Tom Herold will also represent Dunwoody at the Phoenix Challenge. Dunwoody took first place at last year’s competition.

8 medals for Dunwoody at Skills USA Minnesota

Members of Dunwoody College’s Skills USA team came away with 8 medals and an honorable mention at last weekend’s Minnesota state competition. The medal haul includes five gold medals, and, for these first place winners, a trip to compete in the National Skills USA competition, which will be held in Kansas City, MO, June 20-24.

SkillsUSA 2011 Winners

Dunwoody students who took home medals from the 2011 SkillsUSA Competition.

The College fielded a team of 22 students who competed in nine contest areas: Architectural Drafting, Automotive Repair, Collision Repair, Automotive Refinishing, Industrial Motor Control, Residential Wiring, Welding, HVAC and Related Technical Math. The medal winners and their faculty advisors are:

Architectural Drafting: (Bridget Reynolds – advisor)

1st Place: Brandon Bomar

2nd Place: Sarah Smook

Automotive Repair: (Austin Lutz – advisor)

1st Place: Ben Anderson

Honorable Mention: Allan Zimney

Collision Repair: (Bruce Graffunder, Bob Brandon – advisors)

1st Place: Jacob Krogstad

Automotive Refinishing: (Bruce Graffunder, Bob Brandon – advisors)

1st Place: Kade Oeltjenbruns

Related Technical Math: (Polly Friendshuh – advisor)

1st Place: Alan Wade Avery

Residential Wiring: (Polly Friendshuh – advisor)

3rd Place: Ashley Chapman

Industrial Motor Control: (Polly Friendshuh – advisor)

3rd Place: Alan Wade Avery

Congratulations to all of the students who competed and many thanks to the faculty who helped get them ready for the competition.

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled work force.

View all the photos from the competition on Flickr.

Dunwoody’s “Snow Devils” team takes third place

The Snow Devils autonomous snow plow in action

The Snow Devils autonomous snow plow in action

Dunwoody College’s Autonomous Snow Plow Competition team the Snow Devils took third place at last weekend’s competition. The competition was sponsored by the Institute of Navigation and was part of the St. Paul Winter Carnival festivities.

Teams from Ohio University and Miami of Ohio University took first and second. Dunwoody came in third, beating out teams from University of Minnesota, University of Michigan and Wright State.

For the competition, the teams designed a robotic snow plow that had to remove snow from two fields. The first field was a straight line “I Field” which is meant to simulate a city sidewalk. The second field was a “U-Shape” which is far more challenging.

Congratulations to the Snow Devils: Michael Carnis (ASRO), James Jorgenson (MDES), Keith McClelland (ASRO), Joshua Moses (ASRO), Randy Taklo (ASRO) and Nigel Ystenes (ASRO). And many thanks to faculty members John McShannock, Tim Flugum and E.J. Daigle, who advised the team.

The Snow Devils and faculty advisors

The Snow Devils and faculty advisors

For more information check out:http://www.autosnowplow.com.

Manufacturing students build a robotic snow plow

What the team started with

What the team started with

A group of Robotics and Manufacturing students will be competing at this weekend’s St. Paul Winter Carnival in the Institute of Navigation’s Autonomous Snow Plow Competition. The competing schools include: University of Minnesota, University of Michigan, Dunwoody College of Technology, Ohio University, Wright State University and Miami University (of Ohio).

TThe competition will take place from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Jan. 29, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, June 30, in downtown St. Paul in front of the public library. Dunwoody’s competition slot won’t be announced until 7:30 a.m. tomorrow morning. We will post video for those who can’t make it to the live competition.

In addition, the Dunwoody team and robotic plow will march in the Winter Carnival parade, which starts at 2 p.m.

Snow-Plow-Machining-Parts-2011

Machining parts for the plow

For the competition, schools must design a robotic snow plow that will remove snow from two fields. The first field is a straight line “I Field” which is meant to simulate a city sidewalk. The second field is a “U-Shape” which is far more challenging. The following students will be competing in this year’s challenge: Michael Carnis (ASRO), James Jorgenson (MDES), Keith McClelland (ASRO), Joshua Moses (ASRO), Randy Taklo (ASRO) and Nigel Ystenes (ASRO). Faculty member John McShannock, Tim Flugum and E.J. Daigle are advising the team.

For more information and to monitor the results check out: http://www.autosnowplow.com.

Double gold at National SkillsUSA for Dunwoody College

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Contact: William Morris
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Dunwoody's National SkillsUSA team and faculty advisors

Dunwoody's National SkillsUSA team and faculty advisors

Dunwoody students brought back some hardware from last weekend’s National SkillsUSA competition held June 21-25 in Kansas City, MO. Mike Moreen (Electrical Construction and Maintenance) won the Gold Medal in the Related Technical Math category. And Dunwoody’s Quiz Bowl followed up on its dominating Minnesota competition by edging out Tennessee Technology Center at Newbern in a tight contest to also take the Gold. Dunwoody’s team featured Ben Anderson (Automotive Service Technology), Matt Barlau (Architectural Drafting and Estimating), Kyle Bodie (Architectural Drafting and Estimating), Phillip DeLeeuw (Automated Systems and Robotics), Jonathan Hill (Architectural Drafting and Estimating) and Jim Stenstrom (Electrical Construction and Maintenance).

Moreen and the Quiz Bowl team made it to the national competition by taking first in their respective categories at the Minnesota SkillsUSA competition. Also competing in Kansas City was Jonathan Hill (Architectural Drafting and Estimating) in the Architectural Drafting category.

Dunwoody Robotics Competition Team

The Rugburn robotics competition team

In conjunction with the SkillsUSA competition, the National Robotics Competition took place. Dunwoody’s entry Rugburn — guided by James Jorgenson, Casey Combs and Michael Rhode — took second place. Rugburn qualified for the national competition by taking second place in the Minnesota Robotics League competition.

SkillsUSA is a partnership of
students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled work force.

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled work force.

Dunwoody robot places 2nd in Midwest Robotics League Competition

Dunwoody College’s robot, Rugburn, placedDSC03729 second out of eleven local robotics teams that competed Saturday, May 15 at the Mall of America in the Midwest Robotics League (MRL) Regional Compeition. Rugburn advances to the nationals which will be held in conjunction with the SkillsUSA Nationals in Kansas City, Missouri on June 21 through 23.

For photos of the event, view the Flickr photoset. Also view the KARE11 video  featuring two Dunwoody students.  

The Midwest Robotics League (MRL), sponsored by Dunwoody College, is one of six educational robotics leagues in the country. The league is for students at the middle school, high school and college levels. The National Tooling and Machining Association oversees the National Robotics League (NRL). Monthly competitions are held each year from November through April with a regional competition in May.

Graphics and Printing Wins Again!

The Dunwoody College Phoenix Challenge team took first place at this year’s competition. The team was charged with redesigning, printing and converting a custom line of hotel hygiene products. The team put sustainability at the forefront of their work making the brand and packaging environmentally friendly, economically sounds and graphically appealing.challenge

Dunwoody College also won two Silver Excellence awards, one for the printing of the Oh lay! Premium Orange Juice label and one for design for the Minnesota Vodka label. Each college had a booth at the convention where they could advertise their college and their programs. The schools were also judged on their booth design and its effectiveness. Dunwoody also took second place in the booth competition.

Shawn Oetjen and Kent Esby were also recognized at the Excellence in Flexography Education Achievement Awards for their outstanding contributions and dedication to the printing industry.