STEM education advances in Utah with BAE Systems donation

The BAE Systems Air Force Solutions business in Utah supports the advancement of STEM education with annual scholarships through the Utah Engineers Council (UEC)

Earlier this year, before the global COVID-19 pandemic prevented us from in-person meetings, engineering students Dallin Wiberg and Sabrina Kim each accepted UEC scholarships, both sponsored by BAE Systems. 

Rick Allen, director of programs for BAE Systems Air Force Strategic Systems, presented both awards at the UEC Engineers Week Banquet.

“As students begin to look toward long-term careers in the engineering field, we are here to guide and counsel them on the skills they can build now for future success,” said Allen.  “We are always looking for top talent in the engineering field to find a purposeful career with us at Hill Air Force Base, and that is why we support our local Utah STEM students.”

Rick Allen presents scholarship to Dallin Wiberg
Rick Allen presents scholarship to Dallin Wiberg

Dallin Wiberg received the first scholarship. Originally from Coon Rapids, Minnesota, Wiberg is a mechanical and aerospace engineering student at Utah State University (USU). He currently works under Dr. Doug Hunsaker in the USU AeroLab researching optimized wing geometries for constant and linearly swept wings. His involvement in the USU chapters of Engineers Without Borders and Design Build Fly have provided him many leadership and design opportunities. He is passionate about all things aviation and space and looks forward to taking on the exciting challenges of the aerospace industry.

Rick Allen presents scholarship to Sabrina Kim
Rick Allen presents scholarship to Sabrina Kim

Sabrina Kim received the second scholarship. Originally hailing from Herriman, Utah, Kim is a mechanical engineering student at Southern Utah University. She enjoys building lasting relationships with her professors and peers, and she has a passion for innovative thinking. She is excited for the opportunities to further her career as an engineer.

“Both Dallin and Sabrina demonstrated excellent academic performance, distinguished employment experience, and show strong potential as engineers for the state of Utah,” continued Allen. “Through these scholarships, we pledge to continue to make a positive impact in our community where we work and live.”

Notably, one of the BAE Systems scholarships was named in honor of Ben Van De Graaff. A BAE Systems intern, he was eight weeks away from earning his Mechanical Engineering degree before passing away on February 11, 2018, due to neurological injuries sustained in a car accident in 2004.

“Ben’s unconquerable determination, love of sport and learning, passionate nature, deep loyalty, and infinite compassion were a blessing to his family and friends, and to our BAE Systems team for the short time we knew him,” said Allen.

Dallin Wiberg, Sabrina Kim, and 18 others were honored with scholarships at the UEC Engineers Week Banquet. Additional information about the other awardees can be found in the UEC 2020 Journal.

“We at UEC appreciate the continued support of BAE Systems,” said Paul White, UEC Chair for 2020 through 2021. “The company’s generous sponsorship of scholarships and participation in the annual banquet demonstrate the company’s commitment to engineering in Utah. We believe that BAE Systems will benefit greatly from their efforts.”

 

About the UEC scholarship program

 
The UEC provides scholarships to junior college engineering students in accredited programs at select Utah universities. The application period runs from November to January each year, and the application is made available on the UEC website. Selected students attend the UEC Engineers Week Banquet, where they are formally recognized. To be considered, students must fulfill certain criteria, which are available on the UEC website. The UEC welcomes applications from qualified prospective candidates. The UEC evaluates all candidates without regard to race, color, gender, ethnic origin, religion, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression.
 
 

Engineering opportunities in Utah

 
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