UMaine electrical engineering majors Lonnie Labonte and Asa Sproul won the first place best paper award at IEEE Region 1 Student Conference at MIT April 6. More than 200 students from eight states in the Northeast attended the conference. The students’ winning paper on green skateboard design is part of their capstone design project. This is the second time a UMaine student won the paper contest. In 2010, electrical engineering major Fred Schwaner placed second for a paper based on his work in the Wireless Sensing Lab.