LHS students receive ASBE Foundation awards

By: Maria Allard | Warren Weekly | Published April 23, 2019

 Southwest Macomb Technical Education Consortium instructor Fred Cook, left, congratulates Lincoln High School senior Sean Goodwin April 11 for receiving an award from the American Society of Body Engineers Foundation.

Southwest Macomb Technical Education Consortium instructor Fred Cook, left, congratulates Lincoln High School senior Sean Goodwin April 11 for receiving an award from the American Society of Body Engineers Foundation.

Photo provided by Fred Cook

 Lincoln senior Chiyeng Lee, left, with Cook, also received an award from the American Society of Body Engineers Foundation.

Lincoln senior Chiyeng Lee, left, with Cook, also received an award from the American Society of Body Engineers Foundation.

Photo provided by Fred Cook

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WARREN/CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Two Lincoln High School students in the Southwest Macomb Technical Education Consortium, or SMTEC, were honored at the American Society of Body Engineers Foundation Design Awards dinner April 11.

Senior Sean Goodwin received an award in the engineering design category and also a course scholarship from Macomb Community College. Senior Chiyeng Lee was recognized with an award in the design concept category. 

Each student received a certificate and a $50 check. The dinner was held at Macomb Community College Center Campus’ University Center in Clinton Township. 

SMTEC is a partnership between the Center Line, Fitzgerald, Van Dyke and Warren Woods school districts that provides career technical education to 10th-, 11th- and 12th-grade students. The classes are held inside the Van Dyke Public Schools Career and Technology Mark A. Kedzior Center, located next to LHS. 

Goodwin and Lee are enrolled in the program’s computer-aided design program under the guidance of instructor Fred Cook.

“Every year, the ASBE Foundation sponsors a contest for high school students. There were probably 250 kids in the contest,” Cook said. “(Goodwin and Lee) both received best in school awards for their efforts. I’m always happy for kids when they can do something to add accomplishments to their portfolio.”

The nonprofit American Society of Body Engineers Foundation, based in Rochester, was established in 2002. Its members promote careers in automotive styling, design and engineering by engaging high school and college students through tours and competitions.

“I didn’t think I’d win, actually,” said Lee, who attended the event with his dad, mom and aunt. “I know there is a lot of competition.”

“Honestly, I didn’t really think I was going to win anything, but I was really happy because I put a lot of time into my project and it paid off,” Goodwin stated in an email. “I enjoyed participating in the awards, mainly because it was a new experience.”

“Sean did the engineering design for task lighting in the pickup box. Sean’s idea was to come up with a frame to go around the rear window of a pickup outside the vehicle,” said Cook, who teaches 3D modeling and engineering design principles. “LED lights then illuminate the pickup box.”

In the contest, Lee created a design for the center stack operating system of a vehicle, which includes temperature controls, radio controls, a cellphone charging outlet and the navigation screen. 

“I made it simple so it won’t be too complicated for people to use,” Lee said. 

After graduation June 6, Goodwin plans to attend MCC and “take advantage of any other opportunities  that come my way, and hopefully I start my career somewhere in the automotive field as (a) computer engineer/designer.”

“I like the CTE classes,” Lee said. “You have more experience like the real world. You get to learn new things. You have opportunities. Mr. Cook helps us a lot. He makes us understand.”

Lee would like to be a car designer in the future. 

For more information on at the American Society of Body Engineers Foundation, visit www.asbefound.org.

Call Staff Writer Maria Allard at (586) 498-1045.

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