May 8, 2012
From staff reports
Eight teams of senior mechanical engineering students from Ohio University's Russ College of Engineering and Technology will show off their original, assistive technology projects on Saturday, beginning at 10 a.m. at Stocker Center.
The "Designing to Make a Difference" teams will demonstrate their projects, all of which were developed for real-world clients, outside of Stocker Center room 103 and in the Academic & Research Center project hangar.
They're in good company – three teams in the last few years either won or placed in the national Ability One Network Design Challenge. Other teams won the National Scholar Award for Workplace Innovation & Design and the J. F. Lincoln Foundation silver award.
This year's featured teams and projects are:
Mill Movers: Designed and manufactured a mobile hydraulic scissor lift table for White's Mill that can be used to move products from the warehouse, off the loading dock and to customer vehicles.
Team B-Ballin': Adapted a sport wheelchair for use by a wheelchair athlete who has use of only her right arm and leg due to cerebral palsy.
Team Diverse Edging: Worked with SW Resources to develop two devices to simplify the assembly process for garden edging components.
Team Green Bean: Designed and built an electrically powered machine for Good Earth Farms that automatically shells and separates dried beans from their pods using a feed conveyor and pressure rollers.
Team Haitian Filtration: Designed a slow sand filter for the nonprofit organization 1000 Jobs/Haiti, which can be manufactured in Haiti from locally available materials.
Team One Stop Photo Shop: Designed a system for a photographer that incorporates a lever and a spring loaded blade die to cut a photo sheet of four wallet-sized photos, reducing time spent to less than 30 seconds.
Team OU G.E.E.S.: Developed a crop-covering system for Green Edge Gardens that requires only one employee to operate efficiently, saving time and energy.
Team Tarpe-Diem: Developed a tension wire system for Green Edge Gardens to support the geothermal tarp cover used in order to speed the covering and uncovering process, which typically took two employees one hour to complete.
The event is free and open to the public.