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K-State Today Student Edition

October 26, 2018

Engineering students attend 2018 Gas Machinery Conference

By Michelle Koch

Student attendees

A team of K-State engineering students 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 2018 Gas Machinery Conference, Sept. 30-Oct. 3, in Kansas City, Missouri.

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.

Mechanical and nuclear engineering students who attended the conference were Carter Brasel, Marshall Hanson, Robyn Hutchins, Austin Koch, Sam Lett, Trent Musick, Andrew Nelson, Grant Nichols, Stevee Nily, Jaren Nittler, Austin Patrick and Regan Zaremba.

Several of these students also are employed as lab technicians at the National Gas Machinery Laboratory, an institute in 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."

Next year's conference will take place Sept. 29-Oct. 2, 2019, in San Antonio.