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MET fall graduate selected as state’s ET Student of the Year

MET fall graduate selected as state’s ET Student of the Year


FEB. 13, 2014 – With Engineer’s Week scheduled for Feb. 16-22, the Georgia Engineering Alliance has selected Zach Ganster, who graduated from SPSU in December with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET), as the 2014 Engineering Technology Student of the Year.

The professional organizations will honor Ganster at the 2014 Georgia Engineers Week Awards Gala on Feb. 15 at the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center.

Intent on building and creating things from a young age and enthusiastic about math and science, Ganster enrolled at Kennesaw State University in his senior year of high school as a Dual Enrollment Honors Student and was later accepted into SPSU’s MET program. His cumulative GPA of 3.91 enabled him to maintain the HOPE scholarship throughout his college career and graduate from SPSU with Summa Cum Laude honors.

During his junior year, Ganster landed an engineering co-op position with Panduit Corporation, where he worked in three different engineering departments, leading numerous engineering projects. A Panduit senior design engineer said that Ganster “developed, tested and launched a series of products to compliment and support existing Panduit products.”

According to a Panduit manufacturing engineer, “not only does he have all the talents needed to be an engineer, he has utilized those talents to become an excellent engineer.” After graduation, Ganster accepted a position at Panduit as a product design engineer.

Among his various accomplishments, Ganster received the 2012-2013 Arnston Award for Outstanding Senior in MET. He also received the Enplas Scholarship, which highlights a student’s high GPA, integrity and leadership. He passed the Fundamental Engineering Exam in April 2013, and that summer, he spent two months in Europe renovating dilapidated housing in Poland, working in a youth camp for troubled teens in Wales and running a sports camp for grade-school children in Birmingham, England.