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Kroells excels on, off mat

first_imgKroells excels on, off matMichael Kroells is a wrestler and an aerospace engineering major. Danny ChenNovember 20, 2014Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintAfter two-time NCAA champion Tony Nelson graduated last spring, the Gophers wrestling program had a vacant starting spot at the heavyweight position.Redshirt sophomore Michael Kroells has taken Nelson’s spot and has big shoes to fill.The wrestling team has had 22 individual national championships, and seven of them have been heavyweights.Kroells, who is 2-0 to start the season, has a chance to add to that winning tradition.Head assistant coach Brandon Eggum said Kroells has a chance to become great because of his discipline.“He spends a lot of time working with the coaching staff and looking at himself as a wrestler and figuring out what his weaknesses are,” Eggum said. “Those are the things that are necessary if he wants to be a great heavyweight.”Passion for wrestlingKroells’ father introduced him to wrestling in first grade, and he decided to give it a shot.“I was not very good as a young kid, but as I got older, I started to do a lot better,” Kroells said.He kept with wrestling throughout his life and realized as a freshman in high school that he might be able to compete at the collegiate level.“In high school, I [just] wanted to win a state championship,” Kroells said. “I was not even ranked my freshman year, but I ended up placing in the state tournament. … I was like, ‘Wow, I still have three years left. I still have a lot of time to [get better].’ That’s when I realized that I could make a career out of [wrestling] and use it to get into college.”More than 10 schools, including Central Michigan and Wyoming, were trying to recruit him. But he already had the choices narrowed down to two: Cornell and Minnesota.“I knew Cornell had a great academic program, and they had a pretty good history for wrestling too. [But] Minnesota being my home-state school, and a powerhouse even when I was in high school, eventually drew me here,” Kroells said.As he committed to Minnesota for wrestling, Kroells had another big decision to decide on — his major. An academic challengeComing into Minnesota, Kroells said he knew that he wanted to do something related to science and math, but he wasn’t entirely sure what that was.“When you fill [forms] out for college, the applications would always ask you what you wanted to do. When I was in high school, I didn’t know what I wanted to do exactly. I had no idea, and so I just … picked chemical engineering.However, once he arrived to Minnesota for orientation, Kroells realized that he wanted to do something more physics-related.“People made aerospace [engineering] sound like one of the toughest majors in the engineer department,” Kroells said. “So, I thought that I might as well try out one of the harder ones. If it doesn’t work out, I can always drop out of it.”But he hasn’t dropped out. He’s excelled and achieved a 4.0 GPA in past semesters.Kroells said he’s glad he made the decision to stick with aerospace engineering.Roommate and teammate Brett Pfarr, who has known Kroells since fourth grade, said Kroells is very intelligent, but he also puts in a lot of work.“Every night, he would do three, four hours of homework, and he is very committed to [it],” Pfarr said. “He is a smart guy, but he definitely puts a lot of effort towards his classes.”Goal for the seasonEven though Kroells isn’t in the top-8 right now, he said it doesn’t make a huge difference to him.“I definitely expect myself to be an All-American this year, but I’ll be honest [that] I am not there yet. … I have a whole year to keep improving. I know that as long as I keep getting better, the results that I want will come eventually,” he said.Eggum said Kroells has potential to become an All-American, but there are still things he needs to improve on.“He’s got to get better on top, he’s got to be able to be quicker at getting away, and he has to be able to score more points for the team,” Eggum said. “He has already proven that he can compete with the best heavyweights in the country, but the big thing is that he has to show that he can be consistent and stream together a handful of good wins.”last_img read more

Wasambo Drilling Program Starts (Indonesia)

first_imgEnergy World Corporation announced the commencement, by its wholly owned subsidiary Energy Equity Epic (Sengkang) (EEES), of the Wasambo Drilling Program within the Sengkang PSC (which consists of the Walanga, Sampi Sampi and Bonge gas fields).The Wasambo Drilling Program was previously approved by SKKMigas’ predecessor, BPMigas, the Indonesian gas regulator and supervising body of upstream oil and gas activities under a plan of development in June 2011.The Wasambo Drilling Program commenced at 13:30 (Jakarta time) on 18 September 2013 when the Walanga #2 Twinning Well was spudded. The program involves drilling four gas production wells, being: Sampi Sampi #1 Twinning, Walanga #1 Twinning, Walanga #2 Twinning and Walanga #3, and is expected to take three months and complete around mid- December 2013. Each of the wells will target the Tacipi formation at a total depth of 2,600 feet.The gas from these wells will provide initial feedstock gas for Sengkang Modular LNG Project. Also, information obtained from the Wasambo drilling program will be provided to petroleum consultants who will utilise it to re-evaluate and provide a competent persons update on the company’s gas reserves in Wasambo.In addition to the Wasambo Drilling Program, the Company is currently awaiting the results of a seismic program completed earlier this year in other locations within the Sengkang PSC that will identify the next drilling prospects and is expected to further define additional gas reserves. The 2D seismic program was completed in April 2013 by PT. Kharisma Geophysical Bumiputra assisted by PT. Bimayudha Utama Putera. A total of 226.5 km of surface coverage was surveyed in the acquisition which consisted of 37 seismic lines that were laid on four separate sub-blocks: Tosora, Minyak Tanah, Walanga and Sallo Bullo.During the operation, 3,566 shot-holes were drilled with a cumulative depth of approximately 84,359 meters. The data acquired 3,554 seismic profiles or 99.83% of the preliminary programme (3,560 SP). Based on initial evaluation, Energy World Corporation  says the most likely favorable drillable prospects are North Minyak Tanah and Tosora.[mappress]LNG World News Staff, September 20, 2013; Image: EWClast_img read more

The Thread Group Certifies Several New Components from Silicon Labs, NXP and Nordic

first_imgThe Thread Group confirmed several new components from Silicon Labs, NXP Semiconductors and Nordic Semiconductor, along with a product from WideSky, have successfully passed its rigorous specification compliance and interoperability testing.The WideSky Hub is the first certified and widely available Built on Thread product for commercial buildings, energy and industry applications. WideSky’s wireless hub uses Thread to cost-effectively and reliably access valuable data across subsystems, devices and sensors without cables. Thread also ensures scalability and compatibility for the data infrastructure monitoring and controlling solutions of the future.Thread’s self-healing mesh network gives the WideSky Hub the ability to enable both device-to-device and device-to-cloud communication securely. Leveraging an IP-based wireless standard was necessary because commercial applications demand reliable, secure and cost-effective connectivity which made Thread the obvious solution.To ensure that technology from different manufacturers can ultimately communicate, reliably and securely, the WideSky Hub passed Thread’s tests against multiple vendor configurations, and joins a growing list of 33 other Thread-certified solutions.In addition to these new certifications, the Thread Group confirmed a majority of its board members for their next term. Relatively new to the ranks are Stuart Cheshire, distinguished engineer from Apple, and Brent Protzman, director of standards and building science at Lutron. They have joined Thread Group’s executive board, which includes reputable executives from Apple, Arm, Google, Lutron, Nordic Semiconductors, NXP Semiconductors, OSRAM, Qualcomm, Siemens, Silicon Labs, Somfy and Yale Security. Thread also Announced the Latest Winner of its Innovation Enabler ProgramIn April, Thread selected Envio Systems as the latest winner of its innovation enabler program. The board granted the award to support the promise and potential impact of Envio’s smart building automation solutions. The innovation enabler program helps smaller companies launch Thread-enabled products.In addition, Thread Group announced a liaison agreement with DiiA, the global DALI alliance of companies from the lighting and building automation industry, hoping to deepen the integration of IoT lighting solutions for the commercial industry. These accomplishments underscore the progress being made every day by Thread developers, manufacturers and enthusiasts around the world, supporting the interoperability of IoT solutions. The Thread Group will host their all-member meeting virtually on June 23 and 24. The packed agenda will include guest speakers and breakout sessions for technical, marketing and certification specific topics. It will also include an insightful presentation from Tobin Richardson, president and ceo of the Zigbee Alliance, speaking to Thread Group’s engagement with Project Connected Home over IP. All levels of Thread membership can register to attend. Click here to become a member or know more about Thread.last_img read more