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Advanced Manufacturing Institute Selects Student Interns

(Manhattan, Kan. January 26, 2006) Kansas State University's Advanced Manufacturing Institute has selected 28 K-State students to serve as its interns this semester.

The institute's internship program allows K-State undergraduate and graduate students in engineering and business the opportunity to gain real-world work experience.

"The experience I have gained working at the Advanced Manufacturing Institute has been an invaluable addition to my MBA program," said Robert Valeo, Manhattan, one of this semester's student interns. "In my internship, I have learned things that cannot be taught in the classroom and I feel it has better prepared me for what to expect after I graduate and enter the workforce."

Advanced Manufacturing Institute interns for the spring 2006 semester include:

Calvin Banks, senior in mechanical engineering, Atchison; Jeff Finley, senior in computer engineering, and Arlen Walker, senior in mechanical engineering, both of Atwood; Eli May, senior in mechanical engineering, Auburn; Ryan Sudlow, senior, mechanical engineering, Emporia.

From Greater Kansas City: Jared Parker, graduate student in accounting, Lenexa; and Matthew Honas, senior in mechanical engineering, Overland Park.

Michael Hanson, junior in chemical engineering, Liberal; Aaron Luthi, junior in mechanical engineering, Madison

From Manhattan: Jeremy Loewen, senior in mechanical engineering, Joshua Updyke, senior in mechanical engineering, and Robert Valeo, graduate student in business administration

Brandon Sager, senior in mechanical engineering, Moran; Lafe Grimm, junior in mechanical engineering, Morrill; Tyler Giles, senior in mechanical engineering, Newton; Derek Harvey, senior in mechanical engineering, Olsburg; Tyler Bridgeman, senior in computer engineering, Paola; Jamison Strahm, senior in mechanical engineering, Sabetha; Deric Hook, senior in mechanical engineering, Syracuse; Justin Metcalf, senior in computer engineering, and Michael Rohr, senior in mechanical engineering, both of Topeka; Jeff Taylor, senior in mechanical engineering, Wellsville.

From Wichita: Chris Hamker, junior in mechanical engineering; Christopher Hellman, junior in computer engineering; and Adam Kabler, senior in mechanical engineering; Jennifer Vincent, senior in marketing.

Jacob Riffel, senior in mechanical engineering, Woodbine.

From Nebraska: Audrey Brassill, senior in business management, Omaha.

The Advanced Manufacturing Institute is part of the K-State College of Engineering and a Kansas Technology Enterprise Corporation Center of Excellence. The institute provides an array of resources to advance technologies, people and companies through collaborative engineering and business partnerships. With a full-service product and process development center equipped with the latest manufacturing hardware and software, the institute uses its research expertise to develop and transfer new technologies and provide technical assistance. The institute's internship program is focused on supplying engineering and business students hands-on training and a connection to potential career opportunities, in addition to providing employers a resource of experienced candidates.

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