Students receive 2017 Alex Hills award to design snow-making system for Arctic Valley

January 26, 2017

The Center for Community Engagement and Learning (CCEL) is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2017 Dr. Alex Hills Engineering and Civic Engagement Award. This year’s award goes to Bryan Sooter, a UAA Civil Engineering undergraduate student, who along with fellow Engineering students James Matthews, Jesse Miller, Julia Mackey, Isaac Williams and Kyle Alvarado, submitted a successful proposal for the project, “Arctic Valley Snow Making System.” The students will be working with faculty advisor Osama Abaza, professor of civil engineering.

The group will conduct a project to design a snow-making system for the Arctic Valley Ski Area, which will include analyzing and designing options related to water delivery and storage as well as snow gun placement and selection. The intended impact of the project is to benefit the Anchorage community through recreational and educational opportunities, as well as provide a solution for the community partner Anchorage Ski Club (the non-profit organization that manages the Arctic Valley ski area).

The Dr. Alex Hills Engineering and Civic Engagement Award encourages UAA Engineering undergraduates to use their engineering knowledge and practice for the benefit of society. For this $2,500 award, student(s) conduct a community-engaged learning project that solves engineering and technology-based problems in partnership with a local organization, under the supervision of an engineering faculty member.

For more information, please visit the CCEL website.

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