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K-State Today

October 19, 2017



Engineering students attend 2017 Gas Machinery Conference

By Michelle Koch

2017 GMC Student Attendees

A team of engineering students from Kansas State University experienced three days of technical training and presentations by the natural gas transmission industry's leading subject matter experts, while assisting in overall operations of the 2017 Gas Machinery Conference Oct. 1-4 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

With more than 1,100 attendees, the conference is the industry's premier conference focusing on the operation, maintenance, and testing of gas compression machinery.

Students attending the conference were Jaren Nittler, Ryan Deters, Ben Commerford, Catherine Dunn, Joseph Reed and Joshua Affholder.

All of the student participants are employed as lab technicians at the National Gas Machinery Laboratory, an institute of the College of Engineering. The lab is home to the turbocharger test facility and is recognized for turbocharger and related engine research for a broad spectrum of engines with emphasis on large industrial engines for the natural gas pipeline industry.

"Assisting to ensure a well-run conference is hard work, but the Gas Machinery Conference provides our students an opportunity to get a picture of the current issues affecting the industry," said Byron Jones, director of the Natural Gas Machinery Laboratory. "This exposure helps them put their work at the lab, as well as that in the classroom, into perspective."