Penn State Engineering students display innovative designs

From building the better soccer net to designing a more fuel-efficient vehicle, Penn State engineering students displayed their innovation and design proficiency at the 2011 Engineering Design Showcase on Dec. 8 at the HUB-Robeson Center on the University Park campus. The event was hosted by Penn State's College of Engineering and organized by the Learning Factory, a University-industry partnership program that provides hands-on educational experience to future engineers.

During the showcase, final projects were judged by a panel of industry experts with prizes awarded to the groups with the best design applications and best displays. This year's event featured 76 student-designed and industry-sponsored projects that combine classroom learning with real-world technical demands and expectations.

The semester-long projects merge the classroom and real-world by exposing students to the technical demands, pitfalls and professional expectations they would experience as a practicing engineer in the industry.

Companies sponsoring this semester's projects include 4Carrots; A Lean Machine; Advantage Metal Powders; Air Products; Appek; Bell Helicopter; Textron, Inc.; Boeing; CONSOL Energy, Inc.; Discovery Space; Dresser-Rand; Experimental Designs, Inc.; Flowserve; General Motors; Green Thumb Services; Harris Corporation; Instasol Technology; Jersey Shore Hospital; KC Innovations, Inc.; Kydex; M4 Sciences; Metso; Movasu, Inc.; Nascent Services; NSWCCD; Pratt & Whitney; Quaker Chemical Corporation; Rockland Manufacturing; Samsung Electronics, Inc.; Shell; ShowKase; SimpleServe; Solar Dynamic Technology; Solutionwerks, Inc.; The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company; The Net Return; The Vitamin Shoppe; URS; and Volvo Powertrain North America.

The Student Design Project Showcase is organized by the Learning Factory, a university-industry partnership to educate the next generation of engineers by providing hands-on experience with real-world capstone design projects. The Learning Factory has facilitated more than 2,500 student design projects for more than 350 companies since its establishment in 1995.

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