Students Place at ASME Competition

by Public Relations

Four Cedarville University mechanical engineering students recently attended the District B Student Professional Development Conference in Erie, Pa. accompanied by Dr. Hardy Hegna, professor of mechanical engineering. The annual conference is sponsored by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

Joshua Brown, current president of Cedarville’s ASME chapter, placed 2nd in the Old Guard Poster Competition with a project on heat treating to generate specific material properties in 7075 aluminum.

Andrew Buchheit and Andrew Yoakam competed in the Old Guard Oral Presentation Competition. Buchheit was awarded 5th place for describing the Aerodesign micro-class airplane that his team designed, built and flew at the Aero Design West competition. Yoakam placed second for presenting his senior design team’s work to create reasonably priced intra-medullary nails that they will soon deliver to a surgeon in Kenya, Africa.

All three presenters also competed in a casual Impromptu Design Competition along with sophomore Ryan Martz. Martz attended the leadership training at the conference in preparation to become student president of Cedarville’s ASME chapter next year.

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