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April 15, 2011

Aero Design Team Prepares to Take Flight at this Year’s National Competition

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Gregory Buchan ’11 (Chappaqua, N.Y.) has always been interested in flying. He’s been designing, building, and flying model aircraft his whole life and is even a Federal Aviation Administration student pilot. His love of aviation was a key factor in choosing to attend Lafayette as he is now project manager for the College’s Aero Design [...]

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April 1, 2011

Contemporary Music Ensemble Brings Together Diverse Talents of Students and Faculty in Creative Collaboration

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When the Contemporary Music Ensemble took the stage for its debut concert this March, it was the product of the innovative vision of its director, Kirk O’Riordan, assistant professor of music and director of bands. The elite chamber group performs music composed in the 20th and 21st centuries by established masters, emerging composers, and students. [...]

Nathan Terwilliger '11 and Alex Mednick '11 work on the battle bot.

April 1, 2011

Mechanical Engineers Design Battle Robot to Compete in National Competition

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A team of 12 senior mechanical engineering majors is designing and building a tactical combat robot (TCR) as a senior capstone project. The team will attempt to use its battle bot to disarm and disable other TCRs at the eighth annual RoboGames in San Mateo, Calif., April 15-17. Working on a real-world project with team [...]

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March 18, 2011

Building a Better Bridge: Students Prepare for National Competition

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Alec Bernstein ’11 (Colts Neck, N.J.) walks into a lab in Acopian Engineering Center and chats with his classmates about the progress of their class assignment. The members of Lafayette’s steel bridge team are hard at work designing and fabricating a bridge for this year’s national competition. “Many students on the steel bridge team frequently [...]

Emily Melvin '12 in New Zealand

March 18, 2011

Students Face ‘Grand Challenges’ with Interdisciplinary Approaches

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“At 12:51 p.m., I was outside talking to a friend when the ground began to shake. We moved away from the apartment building that we were standing under and watched as it swayed back and forth.  Having never been in an earthquake, none of us were aware of how strong it had actually been,” says [...]

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March 4, 2011

High-Flying Learning: Students Design Rocket for NASA Competition

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Once he earns his degree in mechanical engineering, Andrew King ’11 (Lebanon, Pa.) wants to work for Boeing, with an eye toward the company’s space division. With that goal in mind, it can’t hurt that he is getting valuable real-world experience designing and building a sophisticated rocket for a NASA rocketry challenge. King is one [...]

Mildred Gonzalez ’11, Christian Tatu, and Hannah Finegold ’11 helped Easton residents struggling with literacy.

March 4, 2011

Student Writing Associates Learn Much by Helping Residents Improve Writing Skills

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A 21-year-old mother of two came to ProJeCt of Easton’s Fowler Literacy Center for help with a very special writing project. She was keeping a journal of her thoughts and experiences for her children to read when they got older. Through ProJeCt’s weekly writing workshops, she worked with Lafayette writing associate (WA) Hannah Finegold ’11 [...]

Maricate Conlon ’11 (clockwise from left), Tyler Germanoski ’12, Professor Dru Germanoski, and Michael Thompson ’12 work on the Bushkill Creek.

February 18, 2011

Student-Faculty Team Studies Implications of Removing Dam along Easton’s Bushkill Creek

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Just like constructing a dam on a body of water, removing one can have a major impact on the surrounding community and ecosystem. That’s why students and faculty are exploring the implications of removing the dam near Third Street on the Bushkill Creek in Easton. Geology majors Maricate Conlon ’11 (Sandy Hook, Conn.) and Tyler [...]

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February 18, 2011

Three Students Explore New York City’s Rich History for Professor Donald L. Miller’s Latest Book Project

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Hannah Finegold ’11 (Syosset, N.Y.) clearly remembers the moment she became a history major. After a scheduling conflict left her unable to take a science elective her first year, she signed up for The Story of World War II, taught by Donald L. Miller, John Henry MacCracken Professor of History. Her first day of class, [...]

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February 11, 2011

Students Are Helping Hurricane-Devastated Neighborhood in New Orleans Rebuild as a Green Community

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Professor David Veshosky is driving a rented red Borrego SUV through the empty streets of New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward on a cloudy day in early January as several of his engineering students stare silently out the backseat windows at the destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina more than five years ago. The once vibrant neighborhood [...]