JJC students win second place in ISA competition

Pictured from left to right are: Ed Meyers, District 6 ISA vice president and JJC adjunct professor, and students Brian Matthes, Cameron Rippy, Corey Polovina, and Nathan Geschke.

Four Joliet Junior College technical students recently won second place in the District 6 International Society of Automation (ISA) Competition held at North Dakota State College of Science. JJC competed against nine other teams from the Midwest this past May.

The competition, which lasted an entire day, consisted of five challenges: two design exercises and three analog calibration scenarios.

The JJC team won the design challenges, qualifying them to compete in a final quiz bowl round with a team from Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College, who won the calibration challenges.

JJC came very close to winning – tying with Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College. JJC received second place in a “sudden death” round.

“These particular four guys we had – we had it made, they were so good,” said Ed Meyers, JJC Technical Department adjunct professor. “They were just fantastic. They knew what they were doing. They were one of the better teams we went in there with.”

Meyers, who is also District 6 Vice President of the ISA, said JJC has always done well at this competition. In 2011, JJC won first place.

Students participating in the 2013 competition were Brian Matthes, Cameron Rippy, Corey Polovina, and Nathan Geschke – all first year students.

“Because they were first year students, they didn’t have a lot of expertise in the calibration,” he said. “But I will tell you, they did score pretty high in that area.”  

Meyers added: “It’s not just a competition, it’s not all about winning. It’s a learning experience.”

 Matthes said, as a student, the competition was pretty exciting, and he hopes to go again next year.

 “It was a very good eye opening experience,” he said.

 For more information about JJC’s Technical Department, visit http://www.jjc.edu/academics/divisions/career-technical/technical/Pages/default.aspx.

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