The Engineering Undergraduate Scholarship was created to provide an incentive to engineering undergraduate students enrolled in engineering programs to choose NDT as their field of specialization.
The winners of the 2019 Engineering Undergraduate Scholarship are Alec Jobbins, Jake M. Wagner, and Stetson Watkins.
2019 winner Alec Jobbins is currently a mechanical engineering major at the University of California (UC) – Berkeley. Jobbins is from South Lake Tahoe, where he grew up ski racing and later coaching. He is a four-time Junior Olympian and state champion for slalom ski racing. He was valedictorian of his graduating class in 2016 at South Tahoe High School, where he was extremely involved in the National Honor Society and the Key Club, serving his community by participating in numerous volunteer activities. At UC Berkeley, Jobbins is an active member of the Berkeley Formula SAE Competition Team, designing and manufacturing formula race cars. He has also conducted research for an INSTAR Controls Lab at UC Berkeley. Jobbins is a student member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the National Society of Professional Engineers, and the International Society of Automation. He is also a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success. He will be interning at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in the summer of 2019 and graduating in May 2020.
2019 winner Jake M. Wagner is pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering and energy processes at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Since 2017, he has been an undergraduate researcher in the Non-Destructive Evaluation (NDE)/Intelligent Measurement and Evaluation Lab performing NDE techniques focusing on ultrasonic, infrared thermography, and impact rebound hammer. Wagner is the president of the Nondestructive Evaluation Club, a member of Tau Beta Pi (the Engineering Honor Society), a member of Order of Omega (leadership honor society recognizing top 3% of Greek life members), and a member/officer of various other organizations both on and off campus. He has received numerous accolades for his leadership and academic successes. After graduation, he plans to continue with a career in the NDE field, as well as advance his education at the graduate level.
2019 winner Stetson Watkins is an engineering student at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He is currently an NDI Level III technician for a US Department of Defense contractor working with the US Air Force (USAF) at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico. Watkins is originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma, and it is there where he was first introduced to NDT. He attended Spartan College of Aeronautics & Technology and graduated with an associate’s degree in quality control management after completing their NDT program.
Upon graduating from Spartan in October 2015, Watkins moved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to begin his NDT career working in the business aviation industry. While in south Florida, he worked with a variety of aircraft—Hawker, Learjet, Gulfstream, Challenger, Falcon, and the Cessna Citation family to name a few. His favorite part about working in Florida was the range of experience he gained by meeting the requirements of several different aircraft manufacturers. After working in Florida for three years, Watkins moved his family to New Mexico to start his work as a contractor for the USAF. In New Mexico, Watkins works with F-16, QF-16, and MQ-9 aircraft. He was also privileged to support a Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) F/A-18 aircraft by performing a bond test on a damaged composite stabilator. He is honored to be able to work side by side with active-duty military personnel and experience the military environment, not having been in the military himself. His NDT experience consists of PT, MT, ET, UT, RT (film and digital), and optical prism inspections. He also has some experience in shearography and looks to expand his knowledge of advanced NDT methods and techniques in the future.
Watkins hopes to continue his career in the aviation industry and aspires to become an NDT engineer for an aircraft manufacturer. He says that would be his dream job because it includes a balance of his love for NDT and his passion for the aerospace industry. Watkins has been an active member of ASNT for five years. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Alisa, and newborn daughter, Zaylee. They enjoy traveling around the country and often find themselves visiting aerospace museums or national parks. When not visiting new cities, they enjoy traveling back to Tulsa to spend time with family and friends.