Hewett native Zachary Cox, a master’s student in the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources at West Virginia University, competed in the Drillbotics competition. Cox was the lead student for the team.
Cox is a 2009 graduate of Scott High School. He is the son of Robert and Donna Cox.
Cox has a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from West Virginia University. He was recognized as the Outstanding Graduate Student by the West Virginia University Petroleum & Natural Gas Engineering Department based on his academic achievement in 2015-2016.
Cox is also a Lieutenant with the 130th Airlift Wing, McLaughlin Air National Guard out of Charleston.
Donna Cox, Zachary Cox’s mom says, “Zach chose his own path, neither his dad nor I have a college degree and there are no engineers in the family.”
According to Mary C. Dillon, Director of Marketing and Communications for the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources at West Virginia University, ten teams presented a proposal for the competition, but only five teams were picked to compete. The competitions took place at each school in the competition. Each team had to create a miniature robotic drilling rig to be used in a laboratory setting.
Dillon said this was the first time ever for West Virginia University to compete in this competition.
According to Dillon, once the competition was over they waited for several weeks before hearing any news they had won. They were notified via e-mail on a Saturday night.
Donna said, “His dad I was at Fazio’s celebrating our 33rd wedding anniversary when we found out his team had won. We were so excited for them.”
“His dad and I are extremely proud of him,” says Donna.
Cox and his teammates leave Friday, Sept. 23 to present their technical paper and findings in Dubai at the Society of Petroleum Engineers Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition.
Heather Kinder is a reporter for the Coal Valley News. She can be contacted at 304-369-1165 ext. 1661 or [email protected]