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Mechanical Engineering Technology Major Encourages Other Students to Participate in Research Conferences

Mechanical engineering technology student Shaul Ranglin describes his experience at the More Graduate Education at Mountain States Western Alliance to Expand Student Opportunities (WAESO) research conference held in January 2010 at Arizona State University/Phoenix as “uplifting and inspiring.”

According to Ranglin, “The conference speakers were encouraging undergraduates to pursue their master’s and doctorial degrees and shared their experiences about how they came to be professors and mentors to other undergraduate students. I found one professor's presentation especially interesting when she told us that you can't really give credit to the inventors for a new product but to the researchers. Her words encouraged me because I am a student researcher with the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program.”

Another thing that really inspired Ranglin was meeting so many undergraduates involved in research from all over the country. He had an opportunity, among many others, to exchange ideas with one student who was working on a way to power a car using hydrogen peroxide. He also met graduates from New Mexico who he has befriended on Facebook and communicates with on a regular basis.

“Attending this conference was a real eye-opener,” say Ranglin, who is very grateful to City Tech Professor Gaffar Gailani, who mentored and encouraged him to present findings at the conference on their research on “Designing a Mechanical System for Osteon Isolation.”  Ranglin wants to encourage all students to engage in research whenever possible and to take advantages of any conference-related learning opportunities that come their way.”

Students interested in experiential learning opportunities such as the one in which Shaul Ranglin participated at Arizona State University should contact Minerva Francis with the New York City Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation project at  NYC LSAMP is an alliance of 16 City University of New York (CUNY) colleges and the CUNY Graduate Center that works to substantially increase the number of underrepresented minority students who pursue and graduate with baccalaureate degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).


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