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May 3, 1995
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Mechanical Engineering Students at Hopkins
An improved model of a children's safety helmet, suitable
for both bike riding and playground use. A means to quickly
fasten and release the blade in a power saw, without a separate
tool for tightening the blade-clamp.
for the Future
These are but two of the real-world designs created by
senior mechanical engineering majors at The Johns Hopkins
University, in collaboration with industrial and government
sponsors. On Friday, May 19, these budding engineers will display
the final versions of their Department of Mechanical Engineering
Senior Design Projects during a morning-long event in Room 214,
Maryland Hall, on the Homewood campus in Baltimore.
Note: Members of the media are welcome to attend the event,
as well as to interview or photograph student teams in the days
prior to the event. Call Ken Keatley, (410) 516-7907, to make
According to William Sharpe, chairman of the department, the
Senior Designs Project provides a capstone design experience in
which the students draw upon earlier course work. The fall
semester is devoted to conceptualization and design, and the
spring semester to the construction and testing of a
"This project provides an excellent opportunity for our
students to work on important problems and gives them valuable
preparation for their future," Dr. Sharpe said.
Among the most important components of the course are the
students' interaction with practicing engineers and involvement
in all phases of a project, including purchasing, scheduling and
machining. Sponsors contribute, on average, $5,000 per project,
which is used to fund all aspects of design and construction. The
sponsor also designates a contact engineer to review the project
and provide technical support to the student teams.
A sampling of this year's Senior Design Projects, and a list
of team members and sponsors, follows:
* Project EZ-Arm - A means to quickly fasten and release the
blade of a power saw, without requiring a separate tool for
tightening the blade clamp.
Students: Jodi Fortney, Hayden Huang, Kevan Kudo
Sponsor: Black & Decker Corp.
* Project Headsup - To increase productivity, this team is
seeking improved techniques to stop fast-moving roofing shingles
at the end of an automated production line.
Students: Gregory Asadourian, Ken El-Sherif, Nitin Moholkar
Sponsor: Owens-Corning Fiberglas Corp.
* Project Smush - An improved model of a children's safety
helmet, suitable for both bike riding and playground use.
Students: Abraham Faddoul, Kelly Kiehm, Maryann Ray
Sponsor: The Johns Hopkins University Injury Prevention Center
* Project Cracked - A mechanism to assist in the non-
destructive evaluation of crack formation inside steam boiler
headers in fossil-fired power generating plants
Students: Joshua Houck, Andrew Lazur, Yit-Shun Leungki
Sponsor: Baltimore Gas & Electric Co.
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