WPI's Tim Dresser Wins National Electronics Applications Competition

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Tim Dresser, a sophomore electrical engineering major from Manchaug, Mass., competed in the field of electronic applications at the U.S. World Skills Competition in early January in Las Vegas. His first place showing earned him a spot on the national team that will compete against others countries at the 35th World Skills Competition held in Montreal, Canada in November.

Tim competed against five others at the U.S. competition, all previous national skills competition medalists from the last two years who began competitng in either high school or junior college. To arrive at this competition each was a winner of a school contest, a district and state contest and a national contest. Tim competed while a senior at Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School in Upton, Mass. The Las Vegas competition, closely modeled on the upcoming international competition, included two assemply projects, a one-hour trouble shooting session of a TV, VCR, computer and fax machine, and two tests on theory. "All of this took part in an open booth that was part of the Inrternational Consumer Electronics Show," noted Tim. "Visitors passing our booth and even a film crew observed us during the competition."

The World Youth Skills Competition is the capstone of the Consumer Electronics Manufacturers Association (CEMA) skills competition. As a winner of the national contest Tim will be provided a six months advanced training internship with a CEMA member company. Tim will begin work at Philips Consumer Electronics Co. in Jefferson City, Tenn. in May. He will also receive an all expense paid trip to the world contest.