Mechanical Engineering

Helen Hutchens '15

January 14, 2013

Helen Hutchens ’15 Earns Tickets to President Obama’s Inauguration

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Those watching President Barack Obama’s inauguration may see a familiar face in the crowd: Helen Hutchens ’15 (Lancaster, Pa.). The mechanical engineering major won tickets to the inauguration ceremony and official inaugural ball, both on Jan. 21, plus a prize of $1,000, in the Election Forecasting Contest sponsored by the Policy Studies program in connection with the [...]

Paul Kenyon '71

January 3, 2013

Paul Kenyon ’71 Shares Expertise as Peace Corps Volunteer in Dominican Republic

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By Kevin Gray For the past year-and-a-half, Paul Kenyon ’71 has served as a Peace Corps appropriate technology developer in the Dominican Republic. He assists the local people with challenges, helping them make effective use of available resources through composting, water-collection systems, harnessing wind and solar power, and more. Much of what he teaches is [...]

Andrei Koch '13

October 23, 2012

Andrei Koch ’13 Builds Quad Copter as He Explores Aerospace Engineering

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Andrei Koch ’13 has designed, built, and tested a prototype for a quad copter unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) design. A mechanical engineering major, Koch completed this research in an independent study with Louis Hayden, visiting part-time instructor of mechanical engineering.  His goal was to make an economically feasible proof of concept for miniature UAVs that could be [...]

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September 24, 2012

Alex Baer ’10 Joins Formula One Team in World’s Second Most Popular Sport

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As a graduate powertrain integration engineer for the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team, Alex Baer ’10 works on all components “that the engine needs to run,” including water system and radiators, oil system and radiators, gearbox oil radiators, fuel system, and pneumatic system. And that’s precisely where his dream, focus, and hard work have [...]

Rijan Maharjan ’14 and Julia Nicodemus, assistant professor of engineering studies

September 18, 2012

Rijan Maharjan ’14 Works with Prof. Julia Nicodemus to Explore Solar Energy’s Role in Fuel Production

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Ask Rijan Maharjan ’14 why he chose to major in mechanical engineering, and he will tell you, quite simply, “I like to do stuff.  Real stuff.” Maharjan (Kathmandu, Nepal) is all about keeping it practical.  This made him a good fit for his work this summer under the guidance of Julia Nicodemus, assistant professor of [...]

Grand Challenges Haiti

September 18, 2012

Building Community: Students Help Provide Clean Water to Impoverished Families in Haiti

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Sometimes small changes are the best solution to grand challenges. That’s what three students learned this summer when they traveled to Haiti to improve access to clean water for a group of families living in the village of Monchil, a suburb of Jacmel. History major Sarah Nusbaum ’13 (South Salem, N.Y.), English and psychology double [...]

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August 10, 2012

From Under the Hood: Students Design Formula SAE Race Car

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Mechanical engineering majors came together this past year for a senior design project where they planned, constructed, and raced a car in the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) international competition. “The students design the car from the wheels in. This is a major challenge for our students because none of them have ever designed a [...]

DaveFarese

July 6, 2012

David Farese ’88 Helps Build Infrastructure for Hydrogen Fueling Stations

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By Matt Sinclair ’90 The fuel-efficient hydrogen-powered car is no longer the stuff of science fiction; indeed, all of the major automotive companies have large fuel-cell vehicle programs. Among those at the heart of the movement is David Farese ’88, engineering manager for the Hydrogen Energy Systems group of Air Products, Allentown, Pa., which designs, [...]

Scott Hummel

June 22, 2012

Scott Hummel Appointed Interim Jeffers Director of Engineering

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Scott R. Hummel, professor of mechanical engineering, has been named the Interim William Jeffers Director of the Engineering Division for a term of two years. The appointment is effective July 9. The announcement was made by Wendy L. Hill, provost and dean of the faculty. Hummel served as co-chair of the College’s recent Engineering Vision [...]

Mary Wilford-Hunt, Nicolas Olivares '13, Michael Gadigian '13, and Gabriela Lachapel '™12 pose with their second-place project.

May 31, 2012

Lafayette Takes Second in Sustainable Design Competition

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A team of Lafayette students placed second in the 2012 Sustainable Design Competition sponsored by the Delaware Valley Green Building Council (DVGBC), successfully competing against teams from graduate school programs. Developing the design for a community recreation center were Gabriela Lachapel ’12, who graduated with an A.B. with majors in engineering studies and economics; Katie Reinhardt [...]