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Zucker Student Design Contest

Zucker Student Design Contest

Posted By Lauren Loudon / November 26, 2012
Myron Zucker, Inc. would like to recognize the 2012 Zucker Undergraduate Student Design Contest winners for the ingenuity of their designs, and their advisors.  We would also like to thank the contest judges, MZI Engineers Alan Cook and Robert Stork.

Myron Zucker, Inc. founder Myron Zucker, concerned interest in power applications was dwindling, endowed the IEEE Foundation with funds to establish the Myron Zucker Student-Faculty Grant Program in the Industry Applications Society.  Later, in 1990, the grant became the Zucker Industry Applications Student Design Contest, which recognizes three students or student teams and associated electrical engineering departments for work on industry-related projects.

The contest rules describe the basis for judging in the three following items:
  1. The extent to which the solution of the design problem demonstrates the practical application of engineering fundamentals and engineering judgment.
  2. The quality of the written report presentation.
  3. The extent to which an industrial entity, if any, provides appropriate guidance and access to an applications environment.
One of the judges, Alan Cook, stated, "The three winners of this year's contest have clearly met the criteria.”  He has provided summaries of the projects. 

The First Place Award went to Essam El Sahwi and Neno Kovacevic from the University of Toronto for their project "FPGA Implementation of a Frequency Adaptive Three Phase Sequence Detector Synchronization System for Real Time Power Systems Applications".  Their project advisors were Professor Francis P. Dawson and Adrian Amanci.

The Sequence Detector Synchronization System advances our ability to synchronize equipment generating energy from all sources to safely and efficiently connect them to the power grid.  Additionally, there are applications in aerospace and other industries.

The Second Place award went to Loai Khalayli, Hamid Al-Saqban, and Hossam Shoman from the American University of Sharjah for their project “Automatic Inspection of Outdoor Insulators using Digital Image Processing and Intelligent Techniques".   Their project advisors were Dr. Khaled Assaleh and Dr. Ayman El-Hag.

The Automatic Inspection of Outdoor Insulators using Digital Imaging Processing and Intelligent Techniques takes a real world need and existing inspection method from a manual and high risk job to an automated consistent and safe inspection method.

The Third Place award went to David E. Roop, Gregory L. Pfister, and Sean C. Conroy from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University for their project "Synchronized Sequence of Event Recorder - An Automation Controller Approach".  Their project advisors were David C. Mazur and Virgilio A. Centeno.

The Synchronized Sequence of Event Recorder takes the real life analysis of sequence of events leading up to the system failures to the next level of confidence by providing a method of synchronizing with great accuracy event sequences captured from multiple sources. Increased accuracy in identifying the triggers and event sequence will lead to a clearer understanding for prevention of future failures.

After judging the contest, engineer Robert Stork said, "I am always impressed with how well the papers and projects are organized.  The writing quality is exceptional and the projects show a high level of engineering ability.  Reflecting back many years to when I was in engineering school, I feel fortunate that I was not competing with these students."

MYRON ZUCKER INC. products are designed to:

  • Improve power factor
  • Eliminate utility penalties or surcharges
  • Increase available distribution capacity
  • Mitigate harmonic distortion
  • Protect sensitive equipment
  • Decrease downtime
  • Reduce line losses and associated cost
  • Comply with industry standards


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