The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) recently announced the 2016 winners of the PepsiCo / SWE Student Engineering Challenge. This year, eight students from across the nation are being recognized for their outstanding submissions that focused on new ways to improve the performance of PepsiCo’s fountain equipment through disruptive innovation.
Winners were officially selected and recognized at SWE’s Annual Conference, WE16, in Philadelphia – after formally presenting to the following executives from PepsiCo: Richard Velazquez, Senior Director – Global R&D; Yong Serock, Lead Specialist; Olga Sellmann, Associated Principal Engineer; Robert Crawford, Principal R&D Engineer - Emerging Technologies; and Min Feng Zheng, Senior Engineer.
As you may know, the Challenge officially kicked off in August 2016 with team submissions. Three finalist teams were then selected and sponsored by PepsiCo to attend WE16 and present their full proposal. Following these presentations, the following teams were ranked and named the 2016 winners of the PepsiCo / SWE Student Engineering Challenge:
Sergey Rogachev, University of Florida
Reid Singleton, University of Florida
Gerry Zheng, University of Florida
Anna Scheibengraber, University of Wisconsin – Madison
Calvin Ha, University of California, Los Angeles
Howard Luu, University of California, Los Angeles
Kandice Tsoi, University of California, Los Angeles
Melody Young, University of California, Los Angeles
SWE congratulates all participants from this year’s Challenge and is honored to have hosted yet another dynamic and engaging program through its continued partnership with PepsiCo – a company strongly commitment to promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace for women interested in STEM related careers.
For more information about this year’s challenge, please visit PepsiCoStudentChallenge.swe.org. Interested in participating in the 2017 PepsiCo/SWE Student Engineering Challenge? Moving forward, details and instructions for next year’s Challenge will be shared online in early 2017.