ASCO Numatics Announces Winners of 2010 Industrial Automation Engineering Scholarships

FLORHAM PARK, NEW JERSEY, USA, Oct 14, 2010 –ASCO Numatics, the world’s leading manufacturer of comprehensive fluid automation, flow control, and pneumatics solutions, announced today the recipients of the 2010/2011 ASCO Numatics Industrial Automation Engineering Scholarships. Nicole Legenski of Blandon, Pennsylvania and Karl Kirsch of West Lafayette, Indiana will each receive a $5,000 scholarship. Additionally, ASCO Numatics will make $1,000 grants to the engineering departments of Pennsylvania State University and Purdue University, the schools which Legenski and Kirsch, respectively attend.

“This is the third year that ASCO Numatics has offered this scholarship program and we continue to be impressed by the caliber of applicants,” said Robert W. Kemple, Jr., executive vice president, sales and marketing - Americas, ASCO Numatics. “Through their academic and personal achievements Nicole and Karl have demonstrated potential for leadership and innovation in the industrial automation industry and we are very proud to support them.”

Legenski is a junior at Pennsylvania State University studying for a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. Kirsch is working towards a master’s degree in mechanical engineering at Purdue University. He received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University in 2009.

The scholarship awards were presented at the annual ISA Young Automation Professionals Festival (YAPFEST). YAPFEST is part of the 2010 ISA Automation Week: Technology and Solutions event held at the Westin Galleria Complex in Houston. ISA hosts YAPFEST for automation professionals between ages 18 and 30.

 The scholarships are awarded annually based on the candidate’s potential for leadership and for making a significant contribution to the engineering, instrumentation, systems, electrical, mechanical, and automation professions, particularly as they relate to the application of fluid control and fluid power technology. A panel of ASCO Numatics and independent judges selected the finalists.

For information on the 2011/2012 ASCO Numatics Engineering Scholarship, visit

About ASCO Numatics

ASCO Numatics, a division of Emerson, offers comprehensive fluid automation solutions, including flow control and pneumatics products, for a wide range of industry-focused applications. The ASCO Numatics product line in North America consists of more than 50,000 valves, an extensive selection of air preparation equipment, and a full line of actuation products. ASCO products include solenoid pilot valvesangle body piston valves, linear indicators, redundant control systems, and pressure sensors. The Numatics line covers valve manifolds, cylinders, grippers, filters, regulators, and lubricators. For more information about ASCO Numatics products, visit

About Emerson

Emerson (NYSE:EMR), based in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions to customers through its network power, process management, industrial automation, climate technologies, and appliance and tools businesses.  Emerson’s sales in fiscal 2009 were $20.9 billion. The company is ranked 94th on the Fortune 500 list of America’s largest companies. For more information, visit


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  • Recipients of the 2010/2011 ASCO Numatics Industrial Automation Engineering Scholarships announced
  • Nicole Legenski of Blandon, Penn., a junior at Pennsylvania State University
  • Karl Kirsch of West Lafayette, IN, graduate student at Purdue University
  • Each student receives a $5,000 scholarship
  • The engineering department at each university receives a $1,000 grant