(July 9th, 2012)
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Braden Hancock

Braden Hancock, a junior in the Mechanical Engineering Department, has been awarded the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Kenneth Andrew Roe Scholarship.  This scholarship, in the amount of $12,500, is awarded to only one student per year.

Awarded in memory of the late Kenneth Andrew Roe, former President of ASME and Chair of the ASME Foundation, the Roe Scholarship is the top ASME Foundation scholarship.  For U.S. citizens and North American residents, this award is based on Scholastic ability, character, integrity, leadership, and potential contribution to the mechanical engineering profession.  The award is to be used for study in the junior or senior year, and applicants must be enrolled in an ABET-accredited or substantially equivalent ME baccalaureate program in the United States.

The application required a transcript, honors and awards won, internships/work experience, personal activities and interests, professional and honors society memberships, research and publications, and an essay describing how the student is preparing for a successful career in mechanical engineering.  It also required three letters of recommendation.

“I was at work, doing research in the Fletcher Building, when I saw that an email had arrived,” said Hancock.  “I knew exactly what the email was about when I saw who it was from.  The email said, ‘Congratulations, you have been selected as one of the ASME 2012-2013 Scholarship Winners.  Please see the attached letter with your details.’  So I thought, ‘Yes!  A thousand dollars!  What a blessing!’  Then I opened the letter.  ‘Congratulations on your selection as the recipient of the Kenneth Andrew Roe Scholarship in the amount of $12,500!’”

“I still have a hard time believing that I was selected,” commented Hancock.  “There are so many other talented and impressive engineers at BYU alone, let alone the entire U.S.!  What an incredible blessing, opportunity, and investment from ASME.”

Hancock is a member of ME professor Dr. Christopher Mattson’s research group.  He has been finishing the research for his Honors Thesis, “Direct Generation of a Smart Pareto Frontier,” and will defend it in August.  Most of his research has been on multiobjective optimization algorithms—how to facilitate design space exploration, and how to increase the efficiency and utility of multiobjective optimization algorithms.  The work he has done this past school year was presented at the AIAA Multidisciplinary Design Optimization Conference in Hawaii in April, and will be presented at the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference in Chicago in August.  The work has also been submitted to several journals.

“Braden is incredibly talented and it’s no surprise to me that he won this award,” said Mattson.  “He is currently working on a new optimization algorithm that I know will get a lot of attention in the optimization community.  It’s been a real blessing to work with Braden.”

For further information on this and other ASME scholarship opportunities, please visit http://www.asme.org/about-asme/scholarship-and-loans/about-asme-scholarships.