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University of California Santa Barbara Writing Award Winners

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NEES@UCSB data is featured in technical writing paper for freshman engineering students, who land 2nd place for Best Group Paper!

UCSB engineering undergraduates are required to take a course in technical writing, offered by the Writing Program at UCSB. The final project of the course requires a group of four students to approach a UCSB faculty member, locate a project that may be completed in a quarter, complete the project, and write it up in a technical paper that is worthy of publication. All papers submitted during the academic year are automatically judged for the award. There are roughly more than 1,000 freshman engineering students at UCSB, meaning that more than 200 group papers are judged.

Two students in this group had been exposed to NEES@UCSB through an outreach program at a local high school that Sandra Seale, EOT Coordinator, had presented. They approached Sandy, who advised the group on their work and reviewed the paper before it was turned in. The students worked with strong motion data recorded at the NEES@UCSB Wildflife field site. The students continued to refine the writing after the end of the quarter, receiving an A+.

Pictured here (L to R) are: Josip Sep, Anthony Turk, Professor Olivia Walling who presented the award to the students for their paper, A Transfer Function for the Improvement of Seismic Data Collection, Jared Naito and Daniel Huthsing.

'Daniel Huthsing, a freshman in Mechanical Engineering, enjoyed the work so much that he applied to be a SCEC (Southern California Earthquake Center) intern to work with the NEES@UCSB group over the summer,' said Sandy Seale. 'He is doing field work and working with data and will be publishing the results of his work with the Wildlife data.'