Recent Ferris Graduate Presents at National Engineering Education Conference
BIG RAPIDS - A leading manufacturing design software company, Dassault Systémes, has
asked 2009 Manufacturing Technology graduate Ben Hovorka (Plymouth) to present on
their behalf at the American Society for Engineering Education annual conference in
Austin, Texas, June 15-17.
Dave Livingstone of engineering.com recommended Hovorka after he won first place for
his poster presentation at the COE 2009 Annual PLM Conference & Technifair in Seattle
(formerly the CATIA Operators Exchange). He was one of 10 students nationally to present
at the conference on a current CATIA Modeling project that they had developed.
“Participation at COE and other conferences, like the ASEE, helps expose industry
to the quality of the Manufacturing Program at Ferris,” said David Borck, assistant professor of Manufacturing Tooling Technology at Ferris State University.
“I feel Ben’s success has a lot to do with the way he approaches his projects and
the input he has had from all his instructors which reflects the quality of our program.”
Hovorka said many of his competitors had submissions that were more of a product design
or analysis where his was the process to produce the product. “The judges were impressed
with the documentation involved and to the degree that we take itin our process.”
Since graduating in May, Hovorka has been busy updating his presentation to include
what was learned by the process designed and interviewing for employment. Attending
and presenting at these conferences is a showcase for him and the strength of the manufacturing programs at Ferris to a variety of industries.