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Source: Taylor Jones, 785-532-0644, tjones@amisuccess.com
Web site: http://www.amisuccess.com
Note to editor: Mollie Winter is a graduate of Riley County High School.
News release prepared by: Lea Studer, 785-532-3432, lstuder@amisucces.com

Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010

ADVANCED MANUFACTURING INSTITUTE PARTNERS WITH DELL PEROT SYSTEMS TO PROVIDE INTERNSHIPS TO K-STATE STUDENTS

MANHATTAN -- The Advanced Manufacturing Institute at Kansas State University has partnered with Dell Perot Systems Engineering Services Group, or eServ, to provide K-State students internships.

The students will be mentored by professionals at the Advanced Manufacturing Institute and Dell, and they will gain real-world design and engineering work experience.

"AMI has worked with Dell Perot Systems on several projects and we thought this would be a great way to expand our partnership and benefit K-State students," said Taylor Jones, chief engineer at the institute. "Both AMI and Dell offer intern programs that allow students to work on client projects, and this provides Dell a site in Manhattan so they can employ K-State students."

Currently, the Advanced Manufacturing Institute and Dell have two interns working on their joint project: Chandler Jensik, junior in mechanical engineering, Fredonia, and Brian Busenitz, junior in mechanical engineering, Newton.

"I just started my internship, but I have already learned a lot that I would not get to experience in the classroom," Busenitz said. "Working with AMI and Dell is a great opportunity that will better prepare me to enter the work force. I am excited to have found somewhere that I can work during the school year that allows me to increase my knowledge and expand my skills."

"I have been quite impressed with the overall quality of student interns at AMI," said Jim Schmidt, project manager for Dell Perot Systems Engineering Services Group. "We have the flexibility we need within our team to adjust resources as needed throughout each phase of our projects. With AMI, we have the added benefit of utilizing their full-time staff and shop capabilities to help meet project deliverables.

"The growing relationship with AMI and Kansas State University is critical to our regional presence and successful completion of several projects," he said. "To date, the student interns and staff at AMI have been great to work with. I am looking forward to a long, fruitful relationship between my company, our clients and AMI."

A wholly owned subsidiary of Dell, eServ is the engineering services arm of Dell Services and is headquartered in Peoria, Ill. It employs more than 250 engineers among its five branch offices in Peoria and Naperville, Ill.; Davenport, Iowa; Plano, Texas, and Wichita, Kan. It provides industrial and commercial enterprises with a broad range of engineering support and design services. Principle markets include construction and agricultural equipment design, manufacturing, aircraft design, test systems and composites. Services range from specialized design/problem resolutions to complete turnkey projects with all work designed to meet and facilitate discrete client objectives. More information is available at http://www.perotsystems.com

Dell is headquartered in Round Rock, Texas.

Also serving as Advanced Manufacturing Institute interns this semester are:

Daniel Maslen, senior in chemical engineering, Arkansas City; Spencer Kaufman, sophomore in mechanical engineering, Dodge City; Keith Simmons, senior in mechanical engineering, Erie; Liz Sullivan, junior in mass communications, Leawood; Mollie Winter, sophomore in pre-journalism and mass communications, Manhattan; Shaun Rucker, master's student in business administration, and Ryan Wiebe, sophomore in industrial and manufacturing systems engineering, both from Peabody; Jacob Benteman, senior in mechanical engineering, Waterville; and Katie Cox, senior in marketing, Wichita.

From out-of-state: Josh Ogle, junior in biological and agricultural engineering, Hopkins, Mo.

The Advanced Manufacturing Institute is a part of K-State's College of Engineering and a Kansas Technology Enterprise Corporation Center of Excellence that provides engineering and business services to develop products and processes. More information on the institute is available online at http://www.amisuccess.com