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The retired Fellows (known as the Old Guard) of The American Society of Mechanical Engineers sponsor a student competition which encourages students to prepare an oral presentation based on an undergraduate design experience. Students compete in their region by presenting a 15 minute briefing in a public setting similar to a professional conference. Students are judged for their presentation skills, their technical knowledge, and their ability to answer questions from the judges, who are typically mechanical engineers from industry.
Since 1998, Cedarville mechanial enginering students have achieved much success in the Region V Old Guard competition: Debbie Pittman...1st place (1998), Paul Puryear...3rd place (1999), Jason Covill...1st place (2000), Tim Sutton...2nd place (2001). Region V of ASME encompasses the entire states of Michigan, Ohio, and West Virginia, western Pennsylvania, and the province of Ontario, Canada.
The year 2002 marked a milestone in the competiton for Cedarville. For the first time, BOTH of Cedarville's Old Guard competitors (each school is permitted two presenters each year) placed in the top five: Steve Wakefield...2nd place and Adam Yingling...3rd place.
In 2004, both Cedarville participants once again placed in the top five: Brian Montague...1st place, and Anthony Gianettino...3rd place. Brian was awarded an all-expenses-paid trip to the International Congress of ASME held in Anaheim, CA. While there, Brian Montague gave his presentation describing his design of the hull which was fabricated for the boat that competed in and won the 2004 Solar Splash competition. Brian finished in 2nd place, not far behind the international winner, Sarah Plymale from LeTourneau University. Both of these Christian engineers gave honor to their Lord as they received their prize money.