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Mechanical Engineering students participate in district competitions

WKU’s Mechanical Engineering juniors participated in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers District C Student Professional Development Conference at the University of Kansas on April 15.

Fourteen students represented four WKU teams in the Student Design Competition and received the first-place award for School Participation. Senior Greg Whittle of Bowling Green placed second in the Old Guard oral presentation competition.

More than 150 students from schools in the Upper Plains through the Ohio Valley states attended the conference in Lawrence, Kan. A total of 21 teams, including Wisconsin, Minnesota, Purdue, Nebraska, Mississippi, North Dakota, South Dakota School of Mines and Illinois, participated in the Student Design Competition.

A total of 17 students in WKU’s ME Junior Design class built four “H2Go” devices for the competition, which required teams to design, build and demonstrate a proof of concept device for rain energy conversion. The device had to use water power to propel a small car as far as possible.

In addition to Whittle, students from WKU attending the conference included Adnan Alsadeh, Hussain Altammar, James Berry, Joshua Crockett, Ryan Lane and Travis Morrison, all of Bowling Green; Stephen Claycomb of Lebanon, Tenn.; Gregory Pullen of Monticello; Marcus Patterson of Middleburg; Joseph Wilson of Alvaton; Benjamin Blankenship of Scottsville; Michael Goatley of Springfield; Travis Poulton of Louisville; and Benjamin Steinhaus of Glasgow. Other students in the design class were Jake Doran of Evans, Ga.; Onur Demir of Bowling Green; and Jason Hall of Jamestown.

“We were very pleased with the effort of our juniors at the student design competition,” said Chris Byrne, who teaches the ME Junior Design class. “This was a technically challenging competition in several ways, and our four competition devices compared favorably with devices built as senior projects by many of the other schools. We are also pleased with the outstanding communication of the students as represented by the success of our senior attendee. The quality of our students’ efforts, their professional participation at regional events, and the continued success at this event speaks to the quality of students in the ME program.”

Contact: Engineering Department, (270) 745-2461.

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