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Difference by Design

By Colleen Carow
Photographs by Ashley Stottlemyer

Create for good. It’s great to have a battle cry, but do you get behind what you shout about? Ohio University mechanical engineering senior design students – as part of their “Designing to Make a Difference” capstone course – do. Hearing pitches from local businesses and individuals, OHIO’s Innovation Center, and alumni, students choose projects that speak to their own interests, skills, and hearts – then are assembled into teams. Over the course of the academic year, they research, design, prototype, test, build, and present, making profound connections with their communities, their team members, themselves – and all the good that engineering creates.

Teams have won more than $100,000 in recent years at national design competitions.

This story originally appeared in the 2016 issue of Ingenuity, the Russ College’s alumni magazine.