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Fuel Cell Work Earns Islander Recognition as Engineering Student of the Year

February 18, 2016

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The Nueces Chapter of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers has named Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi student Codey Massey as Engineering Student of the Year.

Massey is graduating this May with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering.

“I’m excited and thankful about this honor,” he said. “It’s a dream come true. When you come in as a freshman, you want to accomplish, to get a job, to be a part of something great, to do a cool project. I’ve done that and now this. I’m just grateful.”

Massey has worked on alternative energy storage in the fuel cell research lab with Dr. L.D. Chen, Professor and Associate Dean of the College of Science and Engineering. For his senior project, he and fellow classmates are implementing a fuel cell stack to power a quadcopter unmanned aircraft system.

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi began offering a mechanical engineering degree in 2009 to help meet increasing demands of industry in the Coastal Bend. An electrical engineering program was added in 2016.

The engineers’ society will recognize professionals in several categories at their annual banquet held on Friday, Feb. 19, during Engineers Week, said Chapter President Anthony Gavlik.

“Codey seemed to have a strong work ethic and we liked that he worked in a number of different fields and positions while going to school,” Gavlik said.

Massey grew up in Kerrville and graduated from Flour Bluff High School. He now considers Corpus Christi his hometown.

He also is involved with a youth group called Children’s Church, and has offered academic support and supplemental instruction to his peers through the SOAR program at A&M-Corpus Christi.

This summer, he will be interning with Cheniere’s Corpus Christi Liquefaction Project.