Stephenville residents are proud of the nine Tarleton State University students who competed for the first time in the CanSat student rocket design-build-launch. The team finished in sixth-place overall at the event that took place at the Jim Burkett Ranch near Cross Plains. The international field featured 36 college teams.
Istanbul Technical University won the eighth annual event. Three of the four teams from SRM University in Chennai, India, placed second, third and fourth. A University of Michigan team placed fifth, just ahead of Tarleton State. Adds Tarleton team leader Dustin Neighbors, “We were sixth in the world, second in the U.S. and No. 1 in Texas. We were extremely happy for where we placed. For a non-aeronautical university, sixth in the world … you couldn’t have asked for a whole lot more.”
In addition to Neighbors, Tarleton’s team included Tyler Case, Keith Coughlin, Billy Fournier, Cletus Fuhrmann, Ethan Moore, Greg Mosier, Jake Rhodes and Blake Lohn-Wiley. Math professor Bowen Brawner and Bryant Wyatt, math department head, also helped the team.Tarleton beat out top aeronautical schools like California State Polytechnic, Virginia Tech, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and Khalifa Technology and Academic Research from the United Arab Emirates.
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Original Source: Stepenville Empire Tribune