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Trinity Engineers Place in Ethics Competition

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Left to right: Hamza Adisa, Cameron McKay, Sang Choi, and Josh King attended the annual Region 5 Conference hosted by the IEEE.

In a timed regional contest, University students analyze and present solutions

by Isaiah Mora ’18

Trinity University engineering science students Cameron McKay and Hamza   Adisa placed second in the ethics competition at the annual Region 5 Conference hosted by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).   

This year, the engineering science department sent two teams to represent Trinity at the IEEE conference April 9-10 in Kansas City, Mo. Engineering science senior Sang Choi and engineering science junior Josh King participated in the circuit design competition, while McKay and Adisa competed in the ethics competition with nine other contestants from universities in the region, including the Air Force Academy and Texas State University.

The Region 5 Conference brings together students from Texas, New Mexico, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, and South Dakota to participate in a robotics competition, a circuit design competition, an ethics competition, a standards competition, and papers competition.

In keeping with the IEEE code of ethics, students were given an ethical case, the guidelines of the competition, and a laptop with no Internet service to access external sources. “Once assigned our case, we were given two hours to carry out our analysis and come up with a resolution as well as prepare a presentation,” Adisa says. After deciding on a verdict, students were asked to prepare an eight- to 12-minute presentation to present their resolution and verdict, followed by five minutes of questions by the judges.  

Adisa, a junior, expressed delight at having the opportunity to attend the conference. “It was (great) exposure to network with professionals and students from other schools,” he says, adding that it also serves as “proof of the value of Trinity's education.” McKay is a senior.

The IEEE is billed as the world's largest professional society associated with technology. It serves professionals in the electrical, electronic and computing fields and related areas of science and technology.

Text provided by Isaiah Mora of San Antonio, a candidate for graduation from Trinity University in May 2018 with a double major in communication and sociology. He is a student worker in the Office of University Marketing and Communications.