Automation engineering scholarships available


If there's one thing I've always liked to report on, it's about businesses doing good in their communities. It probably comes from my days working as a business reporter on a small daily newspaper, but even today, when I learn about a fluid power company that's making an effort to make the world a better place or simply help kick-start a kid's future career, I like to share the news.

So that's why I am once again reporting about Florham Park, N.J.-based ASCO Numatics' 2012/2013 Industrial Automation Engineering Scholarship program. Now in its fourth year, the program awards two $5000 scholarships to U.S. engineering students pursuing careers in industrial automation-related disciplines. ASCO Numatics will also make $1000 grants to the engineering departments of the colleges in which the winners are enrolled. The application deadline is May 25.

“The industrial automation industry is constantly evolving and it is imperative that we evolve with it. Today’s engineering students will lead companies into the next-generation of industrial automation and we are proud to support their efforts,” said Robert W. Kemple, Jr., executive vice president, sales and marketing – Americas, ASCO Numatics. “As we enter the fourth year of offering this scholarship, it is gratifying to see our past scholarship winners beginning to graduate and advance in their respective careers.”

The scholarships are merit-based and will be awarded on the candidate’s potential for leadership and for making a significant contribution to the industrial automation engineering profession, particularly as it relates to the application of fluid control and fluid power technologies. A panel of ASCO Numatics executives and independent judges will select the finalists.

Applicants must be enrolled full-time in an undergraduate or graduate program in an instrumentation, systems, electrical, mechanical, or automation engineering discipline at an accredited U.S. educational institution for the 2012/2013 academic year. Candidates must also maintain at least a 3.2 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale, and be a U.S. citizen or legal U.S. resident. Several changes to this year’s application process will make it easier for engineering students to participate. Complete application details and forms are available at:

ASCO Numatics will present the scholarship awards as part of the Amazing Packaging Race at PACK EXPO International 2012, October 28 - 31, at McCormick Place in Chicago.

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Alan Hitchcox

Alan joined Hydraulics & Pneumatics in 1987 with experience as a technical magazine editor and in industrial sales. He graduated with a BS in engineering technology from Franklin University and...

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