Engineers Win ASME Awards

by Public Relations

Two Cedarville seniors, Luke Fredette and Erik Kane, presented research and won awards at the District B regional conference of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

ASME promotes collaboration, knowledge sharing, career enrichment and skill development so that the engineering community can benefit others. Fredette and Kane participated in ASME’s Student Professional Development Conference to demonstrate how they have contributed to the engineering discipline.

The conference hosted several different competitions, including the Old Guard oral presentation. In this competition, the students gave a 15-minute presentation about their research and then answered questions from the audience.

Fredette presented his team’s project, titled “Development of an Unconventional High-Efficiency Over-Expanded Engine.” He and his team, made up of three other mechanical engineering seniors, worked on an engine for the Cedarville’s Shell Eco-Marathon Competition team. The competition tests the engineers’ ability to create the most fuel-efficient vehicle, so Fredette and his team experimented with an unconventional engine. They increased the fuel efficiency of the engine by using over-expansion and replaced the traditional slider-crank mechanism with a cam-follower.

Fredette received first place in the regional competition and an award for Best Technical Content. He will also travel to Houston, Texas, for the International Conference of ASME where he will compete against other regional winners for a $2,000 grand prize.

Kane also presented his team’s research. Their project, “Reverse-Engineering a Partial Hip Replacement for Femoral Neck Fractures,” examined a modern titanium implant, measured its dimensions, created a computer model, performed analysis and tested the implant material. Kane presented his team’s project and received the fourth place award.

Cedarville’s mechanical engineering program rigorously prepares students for competitions and presentations. Robert Chasnov, Ph.D., professor of engineering and associate chair, emphasizes oral presentation in the program. “Having heard all of the jokes about how engineers are poor communicators, the mechanical engineering (ME) faculty designed the ME curriculum with required presentations through all four years,” describes Chasnov. “Luke and Erik started with draft presentations, which were reviewed and edited. We tweaked the text and graphics and even the words they would use as they practiced.”

The program allows students to gain real-world experience. Students participate in laboratory experiments, design competitions and oral presentations so that they can be excellent professionals and communicators in their future careers.

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