SEMMO Students Hit the Mark, Again

Article by: Melinda Eddleman

 Del Mar College students who are members of SEMMO (Science, Engineering and Math Majors Organization), which is one of the College’s registered student clubs, did it again. During Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s South Texas Engineering Alliance Regional Competition held earlier this month, two SEMMO teams represented DMC in the undergraduate competition and brought home first and second place trophies.

Teams were required to build from scratch a telegraphic device using provided materials, create a code and then send and decode two messages during a timed competition. Placement of teams was determined by the amount of time they took to decode the messages they received.

Del Mar students on the first place team include Howell Doton, Ehsan Haque, John Lybarger, John Thomas III and Juan Womac. SEMMO students who earned second place include Jacob Bunn, Alexx Cisotto, Juan Escalante, Lisa Rashidi-Ranjbar and Taylor Smith.

Eli Gonzales served as a student alternate and attended the competition, giving his fellow SEMMO members great advice about some of the wiring features on their telegraphs.

Department of Mathematics faculty member Paul Johnson and Bobby Klepac, tutor support coordinator in the College’s Student Success Center, served as coaches for both DMC teams during the competition.

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