Members of the FDU Mechanical Contractors Association of America Student Chapter took third place at an engineering competition. Here, the team, all wearing red, poses at the competition with mentors Phillip Petillo and Martin J. Drobny, and assistant professors Marzieh Azarderakhsh and Fares Jnaid. (Photos courtesy of Rebecca Lange)

Engineering students compete and take bronze in competition

May 30, 2018 — Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA) Student Chapter won third place at the association’s national student competition.

Twenty-eight peer institutions competed in this year’s event, held at the MCAA Annual Convention from March 25-29, in San Antonio, Texas. The FDU team included sophomore Daniel Austin and seniors Reanna Cervantes, Mariah Jenkins-McNeil, Rebecca Lange, Ashton Malone-Dunson, Michael-Angelo Rebolledo and Michael Polonkay — all students at the Metropolitan Campus. Marzieh Azarderakhsh, assistant professor of civil and construction engineering technology, led the team.

For the contest challenge, teams had to respond to a Request for Proposal for renovating the HVAC system of the Fogo De Chao Brazilian Steakhouse in New York City, N.Y., using variable refrigerant flow technology, which is a simultaneous heat recovery system.

The top four best-scoring teams presented their proposals at the convention.

“The FDU team did a superb job throughout the entire contest, displaying commitment, perseverance and team spirit. It started with preparing a well-written professional proposal and culminated with an excellent oral presentation on the stage, a very elaborate and professional production, in front of several hundreds of participants at the convention,” said Alfredo Tan, director of the Lee Gildart and Oswald Haase School of Computer Sciences and Engineering.

Engineering students let loose in a group photo at the MCAA Student Chapter Competition.