Students recognized for designing solutions to real-world engineering problems using wireless and simulation technology


By Plant Services Staff

Jun 14, 2011

Honeywell has announced the winners of its first university student competition held in conjunction with its largest customer conference in the Americas. The competition recognizes university and technical students for designing solutions that solve critical manufacturing plant issues in the process industries.

This year, students pursuing degrees in technical fields at accredited colleges and universities in Canada, the U.S. and South America designed plans to address challenges for the process industry using wireless technology or simulation software. The winning teams will showcase their designs to manufacturing companies and potential employers at this week’s annual Americas Honeywell Users Group (HUG) Symposium.

University of Pennsylvania students Miroslav Pajic and Vemuri Srinivas were named winners in the wireless category for a proposal that focused on distributed controller grids and the next generation of robust wireless control and actuation. Pajic and Srinivas discussed the emerging trend of wireless sensor-actuator-controller (WSAC) networks as a single solution to monitor and operate automation systems to lower installation and maintenance costs.

In the simulation software category, Pedro Amer and Nahir Torres from the Universidad de Oriente Venezuela created a process simulation model of a high-pressure steam generation boiler. Amer and Torres demonstrated how simulation can train operators to evaluate different scenarios in production and designing processes offline.

In addition to the Americas, Honeywell Process Solutions also holds annual HUG student competitions in conjunction with annual conferences in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Pacific regions. For more information, please visit or