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UB dominates engineering and business competitions, outperforming teams from Yale, Trinity, UConn, among dozens of others.

Leslie Geary
Monday, May 02, 2011

It was championship weekend for University of Bridgeport students, who over the weekend dominated two prestigious and highly competitive business and engineering competitions.

On Saturday, UB engineering students swept the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Northeast Conference by capturing all top prizes with their research in the fields of robotics, computers, and engineering.

This is the fourth year in a row that UB teams have won the ASEE competition, which is held each spring and organized by regional divisions across the United States.

University of Bridgeport teams vied against Fairfield University, University of New Haven, Wentworth Institute of Technology, and Yale, among other schools in the northeast.

In the ASEE Research Paper Division, UB students Akashy Sheth and Madhav Patil outperformed 33 teams to win first prize for their paper, “Implementation of a Robotic Conveyor Assembly Line with a Vision Camera.” They were advised by engineering professor Yakov Toporovsky.

UB teams also won second and third place in the division.

In the Research Poster Division, UB student Richard Greenwood won first place. He was advised by engineering professor Elif Kongar. UB teams captured second and third place, too, and received four honorable mentions.

Top prizes for MBA students

Meanwhile, UB School of Business posted big wins when three teams of MBA students swept the Connecticut Stock Market Game. Held over a ten-week period that concluded on April 29, competitors invested a hypothetical $100,000 with the goal of out-performing each other as well as the overall stock market, as measured by the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index.

Stock Market Game winners (front row, from left) Dan Shen, Wen Wang, Zilan Jin with (back row, from left) business school assistant dean Ward Thrasher, Songbo Qiao, Lei Ning, Suraj Patel, team adviser professor Steven Rashba, associate dean Robert Gilmore, and student Fei Liu. Missing from photo is Muhammad Raza.
Stock Market Game winners (front row, from left) Dan Shen, Wen Wang, Zilan Jin with (back row, from left) business school assistant dean Ward Thrasher, Songbo Qiao, Lei Ning, Suraj Patel, team adviser professor Steven Rashba, associate dean Robert Gilmore, and student Fei Liu. Missing from the photo is Muhammad Raza.
The Stock Market Game is sponsored by SIFMA Foundation for Investor Education and is held each fall and spring.

Twenty-nine teams from UConn, St. John’s University, Trinity College and other Connecticut campuses competed.

UB’s victories on Friday continued an unbroken streak of finishing among the top three spots in the Stock Market Game since 2004. Moreover, the three UB teams were the only ones to beat the S&P 500 by concluding the ten-week investing period with $113,532, $105,986, and $104,536 in their portfolios.

“The key to the success of the teams was their market research and effective, ongoing communication,” said professor Steven Rashba, the teams’ adviser. “The continued success in the Stock Market Game is testament to the quality of students and the work being done at our business school.”


Media contact: Leslie Geary, (203) 576-4625, lgeary@bridgpeort.edu