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Lindale Resident Recognized at National Technology Competition – The Gilmer Mirror


The University of Texas at Tyler announced that Andrew Valarde of Lindale was recognized at the 2022 Association of Technology, Management and Applied Engineering Conference. Valarde, a freshman industrial technology major, competed in the “Technology IQ Challenge” competition and went on to reach the semifinals, besting over 50 students nationwide.

“Technology IQ Challenge” is a Jeopardy-style game where student participants answer 10-, 20- or 30-point questions. Categories include quality, manufacturing, electronics, drafting, lean management, energy and safety as well as two “grab bag” categories featuring questions pertaining to technology, management and applied engineering.

“The competition is designed to test the students’ knowledge that they have gained in their respective programs and classes, hence, the numerous choices of categories,” said Dr. Heshium Lawrence, UT Tyler Soules College of Business interim associate dean and ATMAE student chapter faculty adviser. “We are extremely proud of Andrew, and he has a tremendous future here at UT Tyler.”

Schools participating in this year’s competition included Mississippi State University, Millersville University and East Carolina University, among others.

Valarde will graduate in May 2025, with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology.

With a mission to improve educational and healthcare outcomes for East Texas and beyond, UT Tyler offers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate programs to 10,000 students. UT Tyler recently merged with The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler (now known as UT Tyler Health Science Center). Through its alignment with UT Tyler Health Science Center (HSC) and UT Health East Texas, UT Tyler has unified these entities to serve Texas with quality education, cutting-edge research and excellent patient care. Classified by Carnegie as a doctoral research institution and by U.S. News & World Report as a national university, UT Tyler has campuses in Tyler, Longview, Palestine and Houston.



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