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City College Students Excel at Black Engineers Convention

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Grove School engineers win Hackathon, chapter receives awards and 16 full-time employment offers are made to chapter members

A prize-winning app developed in 24 hours by three City College of New York engineering students took first place in a "Hackathon" competition held at the National Society of Black Engineers' (NSBE) 40th annual national convention, March 26 - 30 in Nashville, Tenn. The award was one of the 11 accolades garnered by the 52 City College students participating in the event.

In addition, City College students attending the event, which drew more than 10,000 participants from the United States, Canada and West Africa, received 16 job offers and six internships from such companies as Toyota, Honda, 3M, General Electric, General Motors, Georgia Pacific and Johnson & Johnson.

Dubbed "TRUVoice" (Track Record Upload), the app was created by senior computer engineering major Luis Disla, junior environmental engineering major Tyrone Kirk Shillingford and senior computer science major Dana Smith. It allows potential assault victims to safely and securely record interactions with potential abusers, and upload it to a secure remote server for future use.

Shawn Charles, City College student chapter president, who led the Grove School of Engineering delegation to Nashville, said the three designers and their competitors were given several categories to choose from and 24 hours to create an app or website relating to the theme of their choice. The CCNY NSBE team chose the police policy "Stop and Frisk" as their category.

Other accolades given at the convention to CCNY NSBE and its members include:

Best NSBE Chapter award in Region 1 (northeastern United States, eastern Canada and West Africa) for the winter session (December – March 2014).

Best NSBE Chapter award in Region 1 for TORCH (Technical OutReach and Community Help).

NSBE cash scholarships for academic performance, high GPA and community service to chapter president Shawn Charles ($1,500), programs chair Candice Chang ($3,000), external vice president Andre Smithson ($3,000) and member Infain Cruz ($500).

Election of former student president Neville Green as NSBE national secretary, and chapter parliamentarian Joshua James as NSBE national business diversity chair.

In addition, the City College chapter was recognized as one of the top NSBE chapters nationally for 2013 – 2014.

Mr. Charles noted that a remarkable number of chapter members were offered full time employment and internship opportunities at the convention.

"Of the 52 CCNY delegates that attended the convention, 18 were able to get interviews for co-ops, internships and job offers. There were a total of 40 interviews, 16 job offers, six internships and two co-ops," he noted.


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