Two out of nine undergraduate scholarships awarded nationwide by the American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE) will go to students at the University of New Orleans School of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. Chance Aucoin received the $3,000 ASNE Tidewater Section James Pitt Scholarship and Gillianne Edwards received the $3,000 ASNE Headquarters Restricted Funds Scholarship. Both students are set to graduate in May 2018.
A native of Bourg, La., Aucoin will have completed three internships by the time he graduates. He traveled to Groton, Conn., to work as a summer intern in structural and arrangement design at Electric Boat, the company that handles design, construction and lifecycle support for all U.S. Navy submarines. He spent another summer in San Diego, Calif., working in hull engineering at NASSCO, a company specializing in design and construction of U.S. Navy auxiliary and support ships, and commercial market oil tankers and dry cargo carriers. As he completes his senior year, he is interning with MiNO Marine, a New Orleans naval architecture firm.
In addition to his studies and internship experience, Aucoin has been active on campus in extracurricular activities. He represented students from the College of Engineering in the Student Government Association and served as an organizer for the annual College of Engineering Career Fair. He is also a member of UNO’s Sailing Club. When his undergraduate studies are complete, Aucoin plans to seek employment with a naval architecture firm or shipyard that designs either commercial or naval vessels.
Gillianne (Jill) Edwards hails from West Chester, Penn. Her internship experience includes participation in the Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program (NREIP), a program run by the American Society for Engineering Education that places interns with the Office of Naval Research. Edwards’ internship took place at the Naval Surface Warfare Center’s Philadelphia Division where she modeled thermal fluid systems architecture for guided missile destroyers.
Edwards serves as vice president of the Student Government Association. She was president of the Society of Women Engineers for one year and spent two additional years serving on the executive board. When not occupied by academic studies and extracurricular activities, Edwards enjoys being a member of the UNO Sailing Club and exploring the outdoors with her dog, Krewe. She plans to pursue a career with the U.S. Department of Defense either in a shipyard or working in research and development.
The UNO School of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering (NAME) was established in 1980 in response to the local shipbuilding and offshore industry’s need to develop a highly skilled workforce. In addition to serving the marine industry’s personnel needs NAME also provides support through basic and applied research.
The American Society of Naval Engineers is the leading professional society for engineers, scientists and allied professionals who conceive, design, develop, test, construct, outfit, operate and maintain complex naval and maritime ships, submarines and aircraft and their associated systems and subsystems. Founded in 1888, it is the seventh oldest technical society in the U.S. A scholarship program was established in 1979 to encourage college students to enter the field. The program is merit-based and takes into consideration the applicant’s academic record, work history and professional interest in naval engineering.