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The Power of Engineering

Chemical engineering students and faculty at Tufts have the opportunity to join AIChE, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. According to their website, AIChE  is the world’s leading organization for chemical engineering professionals, with more than 45,000 members from more than 90 countries.

One of the Institute’s greatest benefits is connecting members to one another and allowing them to participate in conferences around the world. In one of such event, AIChE members discussed the power of engineering in improving our world and our lives.

Ayse Asatekin, assistant professor of chemical engineering at Tufts, took part in the discussion and added to the passionate voices of other chemical engineering students and educators from all over the country.

Watch the video and see Professor Asatekin’s remarks:

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The Robot that Played the Violin

For Professor Rogers’ Introductory Robotics and Mechatronics (ME 84) class, students were required to design a robot to play a musical instrument.

Upon hearing their assignment, Emmanuel Runes, E13, Alexander Metzger, E13, Brad Nakanishi, E13, Bronson Wongkew, E14, and Nate Goldsberry, E13, decided to challenge themselves and take on the violin. Why is the violin a challenge, you ask? “Basically, the difficulty is not only being able to hit the various strings for pitch difference, which by itself can be a difficult problem, but the hardest issue is the bowing motion: you need to apply the correct amount of force and correct amount of speed for bowing because too slow or fast causes squeaking from the violin and negatively affects the sound,” explains Metzeger.

After more than 130 hours working on the project, the group debuted their masterpiece at a special Robot Concer in Distler Performance Hall on December 6. Check out the fruits of their labor in the video below!

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Alpine Hammock

Two Tufts engineering grads, Mike Brown, E10, and Ryan Stolp, E10, have created the Alpine Hammock, a one-man shelter used when traveling in the mountains. When these two nature lovers had trouble finding a lightweight but weather-resistant shelter that was also comfortable, they ventured out and made their own.

Mike and Ryan are trying to fund the project using Kickstarter, an all-or-nothing funding method that focuses on creative projects. They hope to raise $40,000 by Thursday, August 30.

Check out their unique invention and support these Tufts grads!

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Engineering Land

As current STOMP Fellows, Emma Rubin, E14, Hannah Garfield, E14, and Andrew Bennett, E15, more than understand the importance of multiple methods in teaching. From hands-on activities to written or spoken instructions, these fellows have done it all to teach K-12 students engineering and problem solving skills. This summer, they outdid themselves and created what may be the most creative and entertaining engineering video of all time to explain the different types of engineering–with Legos!

STOMP began here at Tufts in 2001 as a CEEO initiative, and has since grown within the university while also helping launch the program throughout the nation at seventeen other schools. For more on Tufts STOMP, check out their website.

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Tufts engineers take 2nd place at FAA Design Competition

Recent grads Cliff Bargar, E12, Will Langford, E12, Jeff Prescott, E12, and Nick Stone, E12, walked away with a second place award at the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) Design Competition earlier this month for their Hungry Hippo-like design. For their category, “Airport Operations and Maintenance Challenge,” the competitors created a prototype, dubbed FODHippo, that would act as a Foreign Object Debris (FOD) removal system on airport runways. In the video below, the students test their design at Logan airport, demonstrating its ability for locomotion, navigation, FOD removal, and FOD storage.  The prototype was also created as part of their Tufts Mechanical Engineering Senior Design project in 2011.

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Engineering Video Wows and Wins

A big CONGRATS to the Tufts chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers, whose inspirational video (featured on Tufts Jumble a few weeks ago) won national recognition!

The organization sponsoring the “Engineers Make a World of Difference” competition,  Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE),announced the Tufts victory  on their website.

Kristen Ford, of Tufts, a human factors engineering major, and vice president of the university’s National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), observed that the NSBE chapter’s entry should encourage teens ‘to dream bigger, reach higher and achieve more.’

IEEE awarded $1,500 to the Tufts group best in content and message, reinforcing that engineers and technical professionals are creative people who seek to make life better for all.

For another look at the video, we’ve posted it again below.

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Other winning videos 

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Engineers Make a World of Difference

Members of the Tufts chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) strive to inspire a new generation of engineers and make them realize that they too can make an impact on the world. In line with this effort to inspire, they created this video for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) “How Engineers Make a World of Difference” scholarship competition.

The competition tasks students “to create the most effective two-minute video clips reinforcing in a personal profile — for an 11-to-13-year-old “tweener” audience — how engineers improve the world.”

Watch and be inspired!

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You can follow them on Twitter @tuftsnsbe.

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Learning Through Service

For Chris Swan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, the classroom extends well beyond the grounds of the Tufts Medford/Somerville campus. From hazardous waste cleanup around Boston to water purification in Ecuador with Engineers Without Borders, Swan uses service learning to give students authentic, real-world experience to help drive home the lessons they learn in class.

Listen as Swan details how his students benefit from service learning—and what it means for engineering education.

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Vote for STOMP!

The Center for Engineering Education and Outreach‘s Student Teacher Outreach Mentorship Program (STOMP) program has been nominated for the Partnering for Excellence Innovations in Science + Technology + Engineering + Math (STEM) Education competition. STOMP seeks to create an engineering curriculum that reaches across all disciplines, piques K-12 student’s interest in engineering, and improves the student’s problem solving skills while preparing Tufts undergrads in the School of Engineering, as well as k-12 teachers, with the necessary tools to become educational change agents.

Want to help them take the “People’s Choice” title? You have until Oct. 26 to cast your vote. You can also vote via Facebook. Good luck, Jumbos!

Check out a video of the 2009 STOMP fellows in action:

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Engineers Without Borders in Uganda Complete 2nd Part of Clean Water Access Project

In 2010, Tufts Engineers Without Borders went to Uganda and worked with the Foundation for Development of Needy Communities to bring clean water to the Shilongo Village. They analyzed the soil profile, measured flow rates of the streams, took water samples and tested them, conducted health surveys, and assessed the available local materials in the area. After meeting with community leaders, they decided to build a contraption to store clean water, a necessity for the village. A year later, EWB went back to the Shilongo Village and built a water tank for the community. Here’s a video of what they accomplished:

For a written narration of their adventures, check out their travel blog. To get involved with Tufts EWB, find them on Facebook and Twitter.

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