Senior mechanical engineering students will demonstrate their capstone “Designing to Make a Difference” projects on Sat., April 5, from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Stocker Center lobby and Academic & Research Center project hangar. Teams will offer presentations on their designs from 10 a.m. to noon in Stocker 103.
Twelve teams developed projects to address community needs, including assistive design for people with disabilities, job creation in Haitian communities, and small farmers and small businesses in the Athens area.
The following teams and projects will participate:
- Team Haitian Brick Create: Rotary aggregate sifter to create several jobs at a brick-making plant in Domond, Haiti
- Team Cut the Bologna Cloth: Mechanism to de-wrinkle and cut cotton cloth for artisanal Athens, Ohio, food producer Athens Own
- Team Care: Mobile prosthetics lab that will create a socket for a prosthetic limb
- Got Dem Cuts: Cargo net cutter to increase employment opportunities for workers with disabilities at a developmental center in Gallipolis, Ohio
- Raising the Bar: Variable position greenhouse siding system for local organic farm Green Edge Organic Gardens
- Tean Hayes: Automation of manual casting machine that can be operated with limited physical effort for a local entrepreneur to start a business for casting lead projectiles
- The Louisville Sludgers: De-watering press to separate solid and liquid byproducts of methane gas production for a Perry County entrepreneur
- Growin’ Green: Double-walled greenhouse structure compatible with SolaRoof technology for a local Greenfire Farms organic food producer
- RA Baler: Portable baler for recyclables to save money and space required used to remove waste from festival grounds for Rural Action’s Zero Waste Initiative
- Grind for Green: Mobile compost shredder and transporter for shredding compostable serviceware at festivals around the Athens area
- Flower Power: Cleaning machine that can be used by adults with developmental disabilities to clean metal lithographic newspaper-printing plates
- Team Wingnuttery: Industrial-scale chestnut cracking machine to reduce processing time for Meigs County chestnut farmer