Engineers Demonstrate Excellence, Achieve Awards

by Public Relations Office—Cedarville, Ohio

Cedarville, Ohio—What should we do about the lack of electric lights and safe drinking water in rural Africa, or rehabilitative walkers for cerebral palsy patients? Cedarville University students have some award-winning ideas.

    Cedarville’s Mechanical Engineering program focuses on “Communication Across the Curriculum,” by preparing students to visually and orally describe their projects in a compelling manner. Their presentations won three awards at the recent ASME District B Regional Student Development Conference held in Pittsburgh, Penn. Approximately 30 schools were represented, with notable engineering schools such as the University of Michigan, Penn State University, Akron University, and the University of Dayton.

    wo of the award-winning presentations focused on a Liberian Christian ministry center named Eternal Love Wins Africa (ELWA). Senior Garrett Williams won second place for an oral presentation describing his team’s healthier water distribution system. ELWA's current system has low pressure and flow rates, resulting in contamination. Junior Mordecai Veldt’s team designed solar lights to help Liberian pastors in remote villages. He earned third place for his project-based website.

    Scott Van Dyke, a senior, received the fifth place award for his oral presentation explaining the rehabilitation walker his team built for children with cerebral palsy. It is a transitional tool-encouraging the patient to use their legs more and their walker less by discouraging dependence on the arms. The prototype has gone through successful clinical trials at Children’s Medical Center of Dayton.

    “The ASME District B conference was an opportunity for Cedarville to demonstrate the caliber of our students and engineering program,” Veldt says. “Amidst larger and more well-known universities, the work and character of my peers not only holds their own, but demonstrate excellence.”