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Energy students qualify for national competition

A Bismarck State College team of Process Plant Technology students has qualified to compete with teams from seven other colleges in a troubleshooting competition funded by the National Science Foundation.

Sophomores Jared Reinisch, of Mandan, Jon Reis, of Bismarck, and Courtney Hausauer, of Mercer, earned a place at the second annual National Simulation Troubleshooting “Shootout” May 11 at Kilgore College in Kilgore, Texas. This marks the second consecutive year that BSC process technology students have qualified.

“It’s a chance for them to fine tune troubleshooting and math skills and build relationships with other students,” said Kyren Miller, BSC National Energy Center of Excellence associate professor who coached the team.

The qualifying round on April 9 set the BSC team against students from 17 process technology colleges across the country. All students took a written test proctored at their various colleges. Teams evaluated problem scenarios using their knowledge of process troubleshooting methods and tools. The national test will use computerized scenarios.