ME 481 THOMAS ALVA EDISON UNDERGRADUATE DESIGN AWARD
The Edison Undergraduate Design Award is given to the ME 481 Design Team that is judged to have produced the most outstanding technical design project. This semester’s winning Edison Scholars were Todd Graham, Dan Holmes, Elizabeth Kurcz and Sylvia Reiser. They carried out a project sponsored by Dow Chemical Company of Edina, MN in which they designed, built, and tested a compressed-air-driven machine to automatically wrap, tension, and secure a plastic film to a reverse-osmosis filter. The project was supervised by Adam Alderman and Tom Lanz at Dow Chemical, and Dr. Abraham Engeda at MSU. The funding for this award is provided by the Shell Oil Company.
ME 481 PROJECT PRESENTATION AWARD
The ME 481 Project Presentation Award is given to the ME 481 Design Team that is judged to have given the best technical project presentation. This semester’s winning team comprised: Jun Li, Jiao Luo, Andrew Putz, and Yue Xu. The team presented and demonstrated a detailed engineering structural analysis and design of an extender for a hospital bed, in a project sponsored by Stryker Corporation. The project was supervised by Chris Sweeney at Stryker Corporation, and by Dr. Tom Pence of MSU.
ME 471 MACHINE DESIGN AWARD: THE LEONARDO DA VINCI AWARD
The members of the student team winning the ME 471 competition on Design Day are given the Leonardo da Vinci Machine Design Award. The award winners are determined by the course instructor, based on the team’s score in the competition. This semester’s winners, Benjaman Bennetts, Ronald Dewberry and Peter Engstrom, designed, built and demonstrated the best robot to stack cylindrical objects on pallets.
ME 412 HEAT TRANSFER DESIGN AWARD
The student team members winning the ME 412 competition at Design Day are recognized by the Heat Transfer Design Award. The award winners, Dan Holmes, Landon Riker and Cory Snowdin, demonstrated the most effective candle-powered water desalinator.