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Students share international cuisine at third annual RamenFest

Megan Reed | Apr 17, 2017
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Students share international cuisine at third annual RamenFest

Megan Reed | Apr 17, 2017

More than 80 students gathered in the Academic & Research Center Monday to sample ramen and demonstrate their 3D-printed creations in celebration of Ohio University’s International Week at the Russ College’s third annual RamenFest.

The event, which was co-sponsored by the American Institute of Chemical Engineering, Tau Beta Pi, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, the Department of Engineering Technology and Management (ETM) and the Office of Multicultural Experiences, featured a design competition as well — students designed chopstick rests and used the Russ College’s 3D-printing technology to bring their designs to life.

Associate Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Monica Burdick, who helped organize the event, wanted to provide students with the opportunity to learn about both 3D printing and Japanese cuisine.

“I hope that by sampling different foods that are more traditional to what Japanese people consider real ramen and not just a 30-cent pack of college food, that this is going to be a great way to celebrate International Week,” she said.

Adam Pinkerton, an ETM senior, created a chopsticks rest designed to look like a torii, a Japanese gate usually found at the entrance of a Shinto shrine. He entered the competition with his classmates from ETM 3010, Engineering Graphics Applications, taught by Assistant Professor of Engineering Technology and Management Neil Littell and said he was inspired after seeing photos of torii that survived the bombing of Hiroshima in 1945.

“I wanted to go with a design related to the culture,” Pinkerton said.

Russ College Director of Multicultural Experiences Jody Markley said RamenFest helped students apply an international perspective to what they learn in the classroom.

“It’s a fun event that gives students some understanding of another culture and integrates that into what they’re learning in the classroom so that they truly are prepared to create for good,” she said.