ASCO Numatics, the world's leading manufacturer of comprehensive fluid automation, flow control, and pneumatics solutions, has announced the recipients of the 2012 ASCO Numatics Industrial Automation Engineering Scholarship. Kelsey Johnson of Brownsburg, Indiana, and Nathan Koetsier of Marne, Michigan, will each receive $5,000 as part of the scholarship program. Additionally, ASCO Numatics will make $1,000 grants to the engineering departments of Purdue University and Michigan Technological University, the schools that Johnson and Koetsier respectively attend.
"This year, ASCO Numatics had the largest and most qualified field of applicants in our scholarship program's history," says Robert Kemple, Jr., evp, sales and marketing—Americas, ASCO Numatics. "Kelsey and Nathan stood out from the other applicants for their potential to succeed in the industrial automation industry. We look forward to seeing great things from them in the future."
Johnson will graduate with a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from Purdue University in May 2013. Koetsier will also receive a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering in May 2013 from Michigan Technological University.
ASCO Numatics presented the awards as part of PMMI's annual 2012 Amazing Packaging Race at PACK EXPO Chicago. The race sends teams of packaging students around the exhibition floor to earn points from exhibitors by completing packaging and processing related tasks. ASCO Numatics' sponsorship of the race helped support the PMMI Education and Training Foundation, which provides scholarships to packaging students from PMMI partner schools.
The ASCO Numatics Engineering Scholarships are awarded annually based on the candidates' potential for leadership and for making a significant contribution to the industrial automation engineering profession, particularly as it relates to the application of fluid control and fluid power technologies. A panel of ASCO Numatics and independent judges selected the finalists.