TNCC Faculty Maury Middleton Receives Engineering VISION 2008 Grant

Published: June 23, 2008

VIRGINIA PENINSULA — Thomas Nelson Community College Associate Professor of Computer Aided Drafting and Design (CADD) Maury Middleton is one of three faculty members from across the United States to receive an Engineering VISION 2008 grant from, Inc. The Engineering VISION grant was founded to encourage excellence in engineering education. The grants are awarded annually to engineering instructors who demonstrate an ability to develop outstanding classroom and field educational aids that utilize advanced technology. In addition to Middleton, Professor Edwin Odon of the University of Idaho and Dr. Zezhong Chevy Chen of Concordia University were also grant recipients., Inc. is the developer of online resource and business for engineers. Headquartered in Ontario, Canada, offers hosted and deployed engineering software and services to manufacturers, educators and engineers around the world.

Professor Middleton’s submission of the USS monitor engine, and a planetary gear system represented “an excellent selection of projects that can stimulate interest as well as challenge the students,” according to Heidi Steinhauer, one of the judges in the panel. She also liked the fact that students were required to work from historic drawings to create CADD models, which clearly linked history and engineering along with theory and practicality. Middleton submitted his CADD students’ final projects which are completed using CATIA (Computer Aided Three dimensional Interactive Application) software.

Judges for the competition were Dr. M.G.(Ron) Britton, Associate Dean in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Manitoba; Heidi M. Steinhauer – Assistant Professor at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University; Xavier Fouger – Director of Dassault Systèmes’ PLM Academy; and Paul Nutter – a former Engineering VISION Grant recipient and Associate Professor in the Department of Technological Studies at Ohio Northern University.

The founding sponsors of, Dassault Systèmes, IBM and Wichita State University contribute a selection of CATIA software, cash honorariums and training manuals for up to 30 students for the grant recipients.

All submissions are currently available for review online at

For additional information, please contact the Office of Public Relations and Marketing at Thomas Nelson Community College at 825-3811.

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