On June 2nd, I was privileged to present a Scott Lofgren Student Design Competition Award to a student from Eastern Technical High School (Essex, Maryland, USA). Students from the school have won the High School/Technical School level of the annual Bentley Student Design Competition a record seven times in the last nine years!

This year, the challenge for the category was to design a school that provides an ideal learning environment for both students and teachers.

All of the submissions in the competition are evaluated by an independent jury, comprised of an international panel of educational leaders. Winning projects are selected for their creativity, excellent application of design and engineering principles, and effective use of Bentley software.

This year, Arden Qiu from Eastern Tech earned a first place prize and scholarship with her project, Albuquerque High School.

Pictured from left to right are Arden’s grandparents, Mr. Peter Glaudemans (her teacher), Arden Qiu, Mr. Thomas Evans (Principal), and Arden’s mother.

An average of 45-50% of students in Eastern Tech’s engineering program go on to enter an Engineering program at the university level. Such results are a testament to the excellent educational programs and environment at Eastern Technical High School--and also to the exceptional mentorship and inspiration provided by educators like Arden’s teacher, Peter Glaudemans.

Arden obviously enjoys a challenge. She will begin her freshman year at University of Maryland College Park in the fall, in pursuit of a double major: electrical engineering and pre-med. She has also been invited to take part in the university’s Scholars Program.

Congratulations again to Arden, for great work. We know you will have many successes in your future.

More information about all of the 2014 winning student projects (gallery & video) can be found here.