Leaders in Technology: Grainger Awards QCC Students for Fifth Consecutive Year

Published: October 01, 2012

Grainger Award

The Grainger Tools for Tomorrow®  Scholarship Program has recognized—for the fifth year in a row —outstanding scholars in QCC’s Engineering Technology program (ET).  The students each receive a $2,000 award and a customized Westward® toolkit, which includes specialized professional tools for the graduating students’ skilled trade area of expertise.

Louis Solares, who carries a 3.12 GPA, says he is proud to receive the Grainger scholarship. “It’s a reflection of my hard work and ability to apply my skills to solve mechanical problems,” said Louis.

 To gain hands-on knowledge outside the classroom, Louis participated in a research project this summer at Farmingdale Community College, aimed at creating more efficient water heaters. He is also a member of QCC’s Robotics Club, which won second place at a competition held last spring at The City College of New York.
Currently, he is working with QCC’s Mechanical Engineering Club to design energy efficient, battery-powered go-karts on campus. Louis is planning to transfer to a four-year college in January 2013 to pursue a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering.

Ever since José Alvarez studied basic electronics in high school, he has wanted to become an electronic engineer. “I like to trouble shoot and build circuits—a good job niche for people with my experience.” José, who has a 3.6 GPA, favors his telecommunications class because it centers on transmitters and receivers. He is also a tech fee student in the Engineering Technology lab, assisting with resetting parts and soldering circuits.

Grainger is one of the leading distributors of industrial supplies. Since 2006, the company has contributed more than $1 million nationally in support of technical education in the form of scholarships, classroom equipment, supplies and funding for technical program start-ups.

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Alice Doyle
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