Student projects on display at WKU Engineering Expo
|Date: Monday, May 13th, 2013||Return to Archive|
From robots, wobblers and a radio-controlled helicopter to a concrete canoe, steel bridge and a rocket, the 2012-13 projects of WKU engineering students were on display Wednesday (May 8).
During Engineering Expo Day, “every project that’s been completed or worked on for the whole semester can be demonstrated or displayed or explained,” said Dr. Julie Ellis, head of the Department of Engineering.
Gatton Academy students William Storrs of Kenton County, Will Johnson of Todd County and Matt Ruffner of Estill County demonstrated their four-rotored radio control helicopter for photography and photogrammetry applications. Sensors and a camera on board the helicopter gather data and photos.
“It’s amazing what these students can do when you give them a budget, lab space and freedom,” said Joel Lenoir, Bud Layne Professor in Mechanical Engineering.
Timothy Bucklew and Dustin Lovell, both seniors from Bowling Green, displayed an I-Robot First Responder 510 Pack-bot, a senior project developed through WKU’s Engineering-Manufacturing-Commercialization Center.
The I-Robot has a variety of uses for first responders and law enforcement agencies when responding to shootings, hostage situations, chemical spills or other situations. Similar robots were used after the recent Boston Marathon bombings.
Bucklew and Lovell said representatives of various organizations could be trained to use the device, which would remain at EMCC until needed. “We’re trying to get the word out to first responders in the community to make everyone safer,” Bucklew said.
Several projects for area industry were on display including a device to test firearms for Remington Research and Development in Elizabethtown. Seniors Jake Doran of Augusta, Ga., and Andrew Johnson of Greenville said the hands-on project was a good opportunity to put what they’re learning in engineering and science classes to use. Other members of the project team are Evan Pitt of Henderson and Andrew Keltner of St. Louis.
In addition to senior class projects and industry-sponsored projects, the 12th annual Engineering Expo included first-year class projects like balsa wood bridges and robotic bugs and products designed and built for competitions like concrete canoe, steel bridge and robots.
“All of these projects — every single one of them — is about helping students learn to be really competent practitioners of engineering,” Dr. Ellis said. “When they go out in the work world or they go to grad school or they go to the military or wherever they go, they’re ready to contribute from the get-go.”
The May 8 event included an engineering reunion to celebrate the 10th year of graduates from WKU’s Department of Engineering.
WKU began offering bachelor’s degrees in engineering in the fall of 2001 after the Council on Postsecondary Education approved a statewide agreement to offer joint engineering programs between WKU and the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville. WKU’s engineering programs became fully accredited by ABET, Inc., in 2005.
The first class of students from the civil, mechanical and electrical engineering programs graduated in May 2004. As of spring 2013, WKU engineering has 460 graduates plus about 1,000 alumni of the previous engineering technology programs.
“WKU has produced a lot of great engineers, and now they are working out in the real world,” Dr. Ellis said.
- All Categories
- Academic Outreach
- Continuing & Professional Development
- Distance Learning
- Summer Sessions
- Winter Term
- Career & Workforce Development
- Lifelong Learning
- Society for Lifelong Learning
- WKU On Demand
- Study Away
- Faculty-Led Study Abroad
- Center for Faculty Development
- Cohort Programs
- Dual Credit
- Conferencing & Catering
- All Categories
- March 2016 ICYMI
- CHHS October 2011 E-Newsletter
- CHHS November 2011 E-Newsletter
- CHHS December 2011 E-Newsletter
- CHHS January 2012 E-Newsletter
- CHHS February 2012 E-Newsletter
- CHHS March 2012 E-Newsletter
- CHHS April 2012 E-Newsletter
- CHHS May 2012 E-Newsletter
- CHHS June 2012 E-Newsletter
- CHHS July 2012 E-Newsletter
- CHHS August 2012 E-Newsletter
- CHHS September 2012 E-Newsletter
- CHHS October 2012 E-Newsletter
- April 2016 ICYMI
- CHHS November 2012 E-Newsletter
- CHHS December 2012 E-Newsletter
- CHHS January 2013 E-Newsletter
- CHHS February 2013 E-Newsletter
- CHHS March 2013 E-Newsletter
- CHHS April 2013 E-Newsletter
- CHHS May/June 2013 E-Newsletter
- CHHS July 2013 E-Newsletter
- Archived CHHS News
- CHHS October 2013 E-Newsletter
- CHHS November 2013 E-Newsletter
- CHHS December 2013 E-Newsletter
- CHHS February 2014 E-Newsletter
- CHHS November 2014 E-Newsletter
- CHHS May 2014 E-Newsletter
- CHHS April 2014 E-Newsletter
- CHHS June 2014 E-Newsletter
- CHHS July 2014 E-Newsletter
- CHHS December 2014 E-Newsletter
- CHHS August 2014 E-Newsletter
- CHHS September 2014 E-Newsletter
- CHHS October 2014 E-Newsletter
- CHHS January 2015 E-Newsletter
- CHHS February 2015 E-Newsletter
- CHHS May 2015 E-Newsletter
- CHHS July 2015 E-Newsletter
- CHHS August 2015 E-Newsletter
- CHHS September 2015 E-Newsletter
- CHHS November 2015 E-Newsletter
- CHHS October 2015 E-Newsletter
- December 2015 ICYMI
- January 2016 ICYMI
- February 2016 ICYMI
- CHHS September 2011 E-Newsletter
- CHHS August 2011 E-Newsletter
- CHHS July 2011 E-Newsletter
- CHHS June 2011 E-Newsletter
- CHHS May 2011 E-Newsletter
Public Relations Capstone Projects Earn Top Awards From PRSA Nashville for 4th Year in a Row
download Adobe Acrobat Reader.
Note: documents in Excel format (XLS) require Microsoft Viewer,
Note: documents in Word format (DOC) require Microsoft Viewer,
Note: documents in Powerpoint format (PPT) require Microsoft Viewer,
Note: documents in Quicktime Movie format [MOV] require Apple Quicktime,