Saturday, April 21, 2007

Stevens Institute Sig Eps Win Design Day 2007

Design Day 2007 at Stevens
Regina Pynn

Several engineering organizations joined together for the annual Design Day on Wednesday, April 18, 2007. The three sponsoring organizations were Tau Beta Pi, the honor society for engineers in general, Pi Tau Sigma, the honor society for mechanical engineers, and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

The guest speaker for this year's event was Andrea Pinkus, advisor for the New Jersey chapters of Tau Beta Pi. Her presentation was designed to excite and inform the aspiring engineers who attended. Her topics included people skills, team chartering, group processes, and analytical skills.

The objective for this year's competition was to design and build a flying machine using only materials provided by the sponsoring societies. The teams had one and a half hours to design and build their product. The materials provided include balsa, foam, foam board, cardboard, paper, glue, hot glue, etc. Each team had three launches to score as many points as possible, and the total score of the three throws determined the winner. To aid in the design of the machine, the groups supplied background information on the science and engineering behind the lifting ability of the machine. The longer path explanation and the Newtonian explanations were described.

The competition was a learning as well as fun experience. The first place team was "SigEP," made up of Mike Cardinale, James Woolley, Dave Legmaat, and Rob Legemaat. Second place went to team "Lodge". The prize for most original design was given to team "Czerechowski-Whiteman."