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First Engineering Innovation Scholarship awarded

First Engineering Innovation Scholarship awarded


Marietta, Ga. (Jan. 3, 2012) Senior mechatronics major Garrett Bailey has been selected as the first recipient of the SPSU Engineering Innovation Scholarship.

Bailey received the $1,000 scholarship in December from the man who initiated it, retired Prof. Glenn Allen, former director of the Mechatronics Engineering Program, and Daryle Higginbotham, chair of the SPSU Foundation Board of Trustees, who was instrumental in funding the award. The scholarship will fund Bailey's studies during the spring semester.

Bailey, who has maintained a 4.0 GPA throughout his years at SPSU, is highly praised by his professors as a hard-working, thoroughly prepared and engaged student. He is an active member of the Undergraduate Research Club and was a group leader on the 2009-10 SPSU Submersible Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Team. In 2010, the SPSU Computer Science & Software Engineering Department asked Bailey to present his solution to a complex robot programming design challenge at a national software development conference.

He also served as a personal assistant to Dr. Chan Ham during Dr. Ham’s transition to director of the Mechatronics Engineering Program, and in this role, Bailey participated in the final negotiations, logistics, acquisition and installation of SPSU’s largest gift to date – a $4.5 million donation of robotic equipment by a Texas firm.

For more information on helping this endowed scholarship reach its $25,000 goal, please contact Kit Trensch, director of development, at