WMUs Engineering Conference Next Week

April 10, 2002
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People in business and industry who’d like to get a glimpse of the future are invited to Western Michigan University’s 30th Conference on Senior Engineering Design Projects.

Among the projects that graduating seniors will exhibit and explain are a localized global positioning system for the blind, a miniaturized jet-propulsion fuel system, and magnetic shape memory alloys, which are dubbed “the smart metals of the future.”

The work to be exhibited at the conference has been executed by senior-year engineering majors at WMU’s College of Engineering and Applied Science.

Much of the students’ work has been sponsored and funded by business and industry in West Michigan.

The presentations concern capstone projects in which engineering seniors are required to put to use all they have studied during their schooling.

Among other examples of presentations scheduled for the conference, which runs 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the university’s Bernhard Center, are presentations in:

  • Construction engineering — Proposed schedules and costing for several public works projects in West Michigan.
  • Electrical and computer engineering — A comprehensive laboratory environment controller, a flow control and monitor system for an oxygenated-water-producing operation.
  • Industrial design — Several designs for talking books for the blind, plus an advanced personal digital system that would combine the functions of laptop, cell phones and digital planner.
  • Industrial and manufacturing engineering — A hybrid engine designed to run on alternative fuels, design tooling and testing assessment of sand core integrity.
  • Materials engineering — Fabrication of silicon micro-tip arrays for electron field emission applications.
  • Mechanical and aeronautical engineering — Centrality of universal joint assembly for prop shafts, and modified portable infusion pumps for pain relief.
  • Paper and printing science and engineering — Digitally imaged plates for flexography; the effects of molecular weight and acid functionality on immobilization solids.

The university says that it especially urges high school science teachers to bring students to the event.

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