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College of Engineering and Computer Science Design Project Showcase

The UTC College of Engineering and Computer Science Second Annual Design Project Showcase will feature junior and senior projects including the MiniBaja, MoonBuggy, Steel Bridge, Wrecktifier (an adapted pinball machine. The showcase will be held Monday, April 23 from 4-6 p.m. at the UTC Engineering, Math, and Computer Science building at the corner of Vine and Palmetto Streets. Junior and senior projects will be located on the second floor near the Benwood Auditorium and the freshman and sophomore projects will be in the atrium on the fourth floor. The public is welcome.

This year, Team Captains Justin Littell and Jason Brown describe a new design for the UTC entry in the Mini Baja in Rochester, New York, from June 7-10. The 2007 entry is designed to be compact with a shorter wheel base and more maneuverability, according to Brown.

“We expect there will be only three or four drivers for the competition,” Brown said. “Every time you make a pit stop, you lose time.”

Brown says the team has built its own gearbox, and it has built the vehicle to attain its best possible performance.

UTC engineering students created a vehicle that rode like a bicycle on four wheels over hills, rock, gravel and sand, the same type terrain as is on the moon and entered it in NASA’s annual Great Moonbuggy Race. This vehicle as well as the steel bridge created for entry in an American Society of Civil Engineers competition will be on display.

The showcase will also show the initial work of six senior projects to be completed in the fall. One of those projects is a “Tricycle for Three.” A family of quintuplets needs a tricycle that will accommodate three riders and allow the riders, including a special needs rider, to safely ride and develop motor skills.

Freshman design projects which focus on Assistive Technology will also be on display as well as sophomore projects. There will also be one senior chemical engineering project, three senior computer science design projects and two senior mechanical engineering projects.

Free parking is available directly behind the EMCS building in Lot 10 after 5 p.m.

May 1, 2007