Engineering Moves Forward in 2010-11

by Public Relations

This year, students studying in Cedarville University’s Elmer W. Engstrom Department of Engineering and Computer Science are applying their analytical and developmental skills on the water, at the racetrack, in the air, at the hospital, in the classroom and around the globe.

Computer Science and Electrical Engineering
Computer science students are busy designing tools for both academic and commercial success. They are developing an application that uses 3-D technology to provide virtual training for a company in Maryland and a program that creates drag-and-drop illustrations of different statistical operations, helping students visualize their data.

Senior electrical and computer engineering students are teaming up to create a device for home heat pumps that logs operational data that will ultimately improve system performance and reduce operational costs.

Electrical and computer engineering students are also working to improve upon Cedarville’s 2010 second-place finish in an autonomous lawn-mowing robot competition. At the same time, a second team will design a new autonomous boat that can self navigate a body of water.

Mechanical Engineering
Teaming up with MONCO Enterprises, a community-based organization created to provide new job skills for individuals with disabilities, mechanical engineering majors are designing equipment that will aid these employees in the production of dog biscuits.    

First-and-second-year students make up the majority of Jackets Racing, a team that designs, manufactures, and races open-wheeled vehicles in the Formula Society of Automotive Engineers (FSAE) competitions. They have recently added WI-FI capabilities to their vehicles, enabling the pit crew to communicate with the driver and monitor the vehicle’s position and speed among other engine parameters. A second automotive team is working on building vehicles with fuel-efficient and environmentally friendly engines.

In the sky, students are designing and building remote-controlled micro-class aircraft for an intercollegiate aero-design competition. The main goal is to create an aircraft that can carry the most payload weight compared to the craft’s own weight.

Engineering in Missions
Cedarville’s Society of Engineers Aiding Missions (SEAM) also seeks opportunities to serve overseas. SEAM’s goal is to educate, equip, and engage engineers in the cause of world missions.

Over the past three years, Cedarville’s SEAM chapter has interacted with African citizens and missionaries, discovering ways to help them.

Members of SEAM are finding ways for citizens of Liberia, Africa to obtain artificial light at a low cost. In response to Liberia’s lack of power due to the destruction from civil war, SEAM built one hundred rechargeable solar lights for Liberian pastors. This year, they have the materials to complete fifty additional lights. They are currently seeking the funds to construct more lights and improve reading conditions for pastors in Liberia.

A senior design team is constructing a solar water heater for the Eternal Love Winning Africa (ELWA) Hospital in Montovia, Liberia. The hospital currently uses charcoal to heat and sanitize its water; however, this current system is expensive and labor intensive. After designing a suitable solar water heater, the team will travel to Liberia and install the new system.

The engineering and computer science department, and the people they influence, look forward to a great year.

The Elmer W. Engstrom Department of Engineering and Computer Science encourages students to gain real-world experience through team development and application of their studies using projects and competitions. Often these endeavors require additional funding and material from outside sources. If you are interested in partnering with Cedarville to further the education of University students, please contact Dr. Sam SanGregory by calling (937) 766-7680 or emailing.

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