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Campus student wins first place in essay contest

1/17/2005 —
Peter M. Kennedy, a fourth year student at Penn State Wilkes-Barre majoring in Electrical Engineering Technology, has been awarded first prize in the Circuits and Devices (C&D) Magazine writing contest. Kennedy has received a monetary award and his essay will be published in the March 2005 issue of C&D Magazine.

C&D is a professional magazine published by The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. for practicing engineers, managers, students, and research engineers who want to stay informed of the latest developments in technology. The essay contest was developed last year in an effort to promote journalism and good communication among engineering students. It was open to any graduate or undergraduate student enrolled in an engineering curriculum.

The topic of C&D’s essay contest was "How my Career in Electrical Engineering will Contribute to a Better Life for my Family." In his prize-winning essay, Kennedy outlined the strides made in recent years in the manufacture of cell phones and computers and the advances made in biometrics and nanofabrication. He also speculated on technology that is yet to come. “Maybe someday I’ll be using my own home control system that heats a little smarter than simple zoning, keeping the lights off when no one is in the room and ordering my groceries,” said Kennedy. “When I can do that, then I have to ask myself, ‘What can I do that’s a little smarter? What can I do better?’ I see these as the real benefits to my family, the benefits that come when you view the next horizon.”

Kennedy resides at Harveys Lake with his family.
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