Mathew Hunt, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in December, has been named student intern of the year by the American Society of Engineering Education’s Cooperative and Experiential Education Division.
He received a cash award and was invited to the Conference for Industry and Education Collaboration in New Orleans this month to receive the national award.
Hunt transferred to WSU from Green River College in 2016. When he came to WSU, he began conducting cryogenic hydrogen research in Jake Leachman’s Hydrogen Properties for Energy Research Laboratory. His work in the lab led to his internship with the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST), where he explored the effects of cryogenic temperatures on high‑entropy alloys. He co‑authored a research paper on the work.
At WSU, he has been involved in Washington’s Innovation for Sustainable Energy, where he designed and created drawings for a vortex tube for a hydrogen refueling station. He also participated in a student hydrogen design competition, overseeing a 12‑person team that designed a power‑to‑gas project to promote zero‑emission technologies.
Hunt is continuing his studies for a master’s degree, where he will be working to develop new cryogenic standards for lifecycle testing of polymeric materials.