Category Archives: Student Competitions

15 Dunwoody students place at SkillsUSA Minnesota

The SkillsUSA state competition was held last weekend at locations around the Twin Cities, including on the Dunwoody campus. A total of 30 Dunwoody students competed in 11 program areas, and 15 students placed 1st – 4th in their respective competitions. Here is the full list of winners (the faculty advisors for the student who compete are listed next to the completion category):

Architectural Drafting – Bridget Reynolds
Austin Klassen – 1st
Brandon Bomar – 2nd

Automotive Refinishing – Bob Brandon and Bruce Graffunder
Alan Mattson – 3rd

Collision Repair – Bob Brandon and Bruce Graffunder
Don Lundequam – 3rd
Alan Mattson – 4th

Computer Maintenance Technology – David Mansheffer
Donald Geer Jr. – 1st

Computer Programming – Kevin Wendt
Brian Skorseth – 2nd
Michael Pendino – 3rd

Electrical Construction Wiring – Polly Friendshuh
Ashley Chapman – 2nd

Job Skills Demonstration – Bruce Graffunder
Serenity Sullivan – 4th

Telecommunications Cabling – Phil Yeager
Luis Molina – 1st
Andrew Loge – 2nd
Nick Erdmann – 3rd

Web Design – Kevin Wendt
Team 2: 1st
Brett Lidfors
Joe Packer

The following students will be going on to represent Dunwoody and the State of Minnesota in the national competition in Kansas City, MO, this June: Brett Lidfors, Joe Packer, Luis Molina, Donald Geer Jr. and Austin Klassen.

Congratulations students!

Autonomous Snow Plow Team to Compete at the 2012 Winter Carnival

The Snow Devils 2, Dunwoody’s Autonomous Snow Plow Team, will be competing in this weekend’s Institute of Navigation’s Autonomous Snow Plow Competition at the 2012 St. Paul Winter Carnival.

Last year, Dunwoody’s team took third place out of six teams, and was their first year competing. The competition was The University of Minnesota, two teams from the University of Michigan, the University of Ohio and Ohio – Miami.

The Snow Devils, Dunwoody's 2011 Autonomous Snow Plow Competitor.

The team designed a new plow utilizing a $20 web cam to search for snow. This data is then analyzed using Visual Basic code, which drives large electric motors via a DC motor controller. The team consists of Joel Berglund (ASRO), Corey Halverson (ASRO), Reed Herme (ASRO), Ryan Bender (MDES), Tim Seidl (WMET), Joe Tebbe (ASRO), Josh Nelson (ASRO) and Ward Freeman (MDES).

An example of the robot operation can be seen here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KSCpJ2cJ4T4.

Come out and support the team at the Winter Carnival from 9 am to 1 pm on Saturday, January 28 or from 10 am to 2 pm on Sunday, January 29 at Rice Park, 109 4th St. West, Downtown Saint Paul. This event is free and open to the public.

More information and rules for the Autonomous Snow Plow Competition can be found at www.autosnowplow.com and www.winter-carnival.com.

Pictures and information on last year’s competition can be found here http://www.dunwoody.edu/blog.

Photo courtesy of the Autonomous SnowPlow Competition Facebook page.

Dunwoody students compete in the SkillsUSA Nationals Competition

National SkillsUSA Dunwoody students and advisors

Five Dunwoody College of Technology students participated in the 47th SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference and Championship held June 18-24, 2011, in Kansas City, Mo.

According to the SkillsUSA 2011, the championship event is “a multi-million dollar event that occupies space equivalent to more than 16 football fields.” More than 5,600 students competed in the week-long event; the five Dunwoody students who  competed qualified by taking home first place medals in the Minnesota SkillsUSA competition held in March.

Career and technical education students nationwide competed in more than 95 industry, labor and trade categories, ranging from Culinary Arts and Masonry to Sheet Metal and Firefighting. Each contest had about25 to 40 competitors.

All of the College’s competitors placed in the top half with four out of the five taking fourth place in their respective events:

Ben Anderson (‘11) – 4th place in Automotive Service Technology
Wade Avery (’11) – 4th place in Related Technical Math
Brandon Bomar (’12) – 4th place in Architectural Drafting
Jake Krogstad (’11) – 14th place in Collision Repair
Kade Oeltjenbruns (’11) – 4th place in Automotive Refinishing Technology

Electrical Construction and Maintenance Senior Instructor Polly Friendshuh said, “I feel we had a very strong showing with the level of competition and by having four of our student in the top four in the nation.”

Congratulations to our SkillsUSA National Competition and Championship competitors!

Dunwoody team wins the Phoenix Challenge

The Dunwoody team on stage accepting the trophy for their win

For the second year in a row, Dunwoody’s team took first place in the Phoenix Challenge, an annual product design and printing competition sponsored by the Flexographic Technical Association. Teams from Dunwoody’s Design & Graphics Technology Department have now won three out of the four Phoenix Challenge competitions. Previously, it was called the Harper Challenge. Dunwoody teams won four out of five of those competitions, meaning that in the past decade, the College is 7 for 10 in national titles in flexographic competitions.

The Phoenix Challenge Trophy

The students who represented Dunwoody at the Challenge are: Matt Christianson, Mitch Hanson, Mary Johnson and DJ Rickerd. Instructors Shawn Oetjen and Tom Herold, as well as the rest of the faculty in the program, provided guidance and feedback.

The Phoenix Challenge was held April 30 as part of the Foundation of the Flexographic Technical Association (FFTA) Annual Forum and Info*Flex event. Dunwoody competed against teams from colleges and universities across North American, including Cal Poly, Clemson, Western Michigan and Ryerson.

This year’s challenge was to create a promotional product for a golf fund-raising event. Dunwoody’s team created the Whole-In-One, which combines all the promotional elements that were part of the challenge, including a golf ball package, raffle ticket, score card and water bottle.

Dunwoody’s Phoenix Challenge team would like to thank the following donors for helping with materials and other support:

Anderson & Vreeland

DIP Co.

Du Pont

Esko Artwork

Fasson /Avery Dennison

Flexon

Flint Group

Graymills

Harper

Rotometrics

Sani – Blast / Eaglewood technologies

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.