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Feb 3, 2003

Calvin Student Earns Award

A Calvin College junior from Nigeria is one of two recipients of a $1,000 engineering scholarship.

Emmanuel Legbeti earned the award from the Western Michigan chapter of the Society of Automotive Engineers. He joins Mark Essenberg of Grand Valley as this year's winners of the scholarship, sponsored by the Robert Bosch Corporation and Dana Corporation. The two honorees will be presented with their awards on Monday, February 10 at a Western Michigan SAE meeting at the GVSU Eberhard Center (second floor).

Legbeti says he's happy to have earned the award, but adds: "My joy does not come from the money, but rather from the fact that my work is acknowledged by my superiors and that in all things, my strength comes from the Lord." He does say, however, that the money will come in handy, supplementing income earned from several jobs, and he calls the scholarship "an investment with future dividends for me and my family."

In his tenure as a Calvin student, Legbeti has been very involved in the engineering department. He has worked closely with Calvin professor Rich DeJong on his research on noise and vibration analysis for automotive companies such as Ford. And he has worked as an intern locally, designing dynamometers and fans for automobile testing for Burke E. Porter Machinery and Company.

The Calvin engineering major, says Legbeti, has been a good proving ground.

"The program," he says, "is excruciating, but fun. I have learned so much. The curriculum touches on all relevant aspects of engineering and prepares all of us for a fruitful career guided by stewardship to God."

The Western Michigan SAE scholarship is open to anyone in an engineering or related curriculum with at least junior status and a minimum of 50 credits in engineering or engineering-related course work. Preference is given to SAE members and criteria for the award include leadership in technical or professional society activities as well as college transcript and a resume. Applicants also write an essay on professional interests and career goals related to mobility engineering.

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