2013 Engineering Projects

Geneva College is one of only 15 CCCU schools in the nation that offers an ABET-accredited, four-year engineering program. There are various opportunities for students to design and build models and full-scale products and participate in national competitions. I′d like to introduce you to this year′s teams and encourage you to follow their pages on Facebook.

Robotics Team

Trinity College RoboWaiter Competition
April 6 in Hartford, Connecticut


The robotics project is to design and construct a functioning robot from the ground up. Requirements include room navigation, object detection, obstacle avoidance and interaction with the environment, all done autonomously.

Robotics construction will give the team a chance to use the engineering skills they learned both in and out of the classroom. Last year, the team developed the project idea and this year, they will be implementing that idea.

Those who are familiar with robotics know that this is an ambitious task. As a first-year project, the Robotics Team is starting at the ground floor.

Robotics Team Robotics Team

From left to right:
Jake Terpstra, David Mine, Alan Hale III, Yan Sleight, Josh Galicic, John Morrison

Society of Automotive Engineers
(SAE) Baja Team

2013 Baja National Competition in Cookeville, TN

Baja SAE simulates real-world engineering design projects and various challenges that may arise in the engineering field. Each team must design and build its own off-road recreational vehicle that is assessed on four criteria: design, sales, dynamic and endurance.

Last year, Geneva′s Baja team placed 41st out of 105 teams. This year, the team′s goal is to place higher.

Geneva Baja Team Baja Team

From left to right:
Ye-Chan Park, Sean Pace, Andrew Caffas, Ben Mihalik, Cameron Davies, Tyler Henshaw

Solar Splash Team

2013 Solar Splash competition
June 12 to 16 in Cedar Falls, Iowa

Solar Splash is an intercollegiate event that provides students a chance to develop and showcase their engineering design skills. The goal is to encourage the use and development of solar energy in mechanical systems. Entrants build their boats to general predetermined specifications, and then race in three events: sprint, endurance, and slalom. Scoring is primarily based on placement and times, but a small part also depends on workmanship, design report quality, and presentation of each entrant′s boat.

Last year, Geneva placed seventh in the overall competition, second in endurance, and tenth in sprint out of a total of 18 teams. The goal this year is to maintain placement in the endurance event, and boost placement in the sprint event by improving our propeller, drive train and steering systems.

Solar Splash Team Solar Splash Team

From left to right:
Shannon Rech, Brandon Padgett, Daniel Edgar, David Harbor, Daniel Carr, (not pictured, Nathan Dinsmore)

Steel Bridge Team

2013 American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) Student Regional Steel Bridge Competition, April at the Cleveland State University in Ohio

The Steel Bridge competition consists of planning, designing, fabricating, cost and time managing, constructing and testing each team′s bridge. Each detail must be well thought out to meet the requirements.

The competition gives the team the opportunity to use civil engineering skills and to build real world skills-like construction, organization, budgeting, safety, and teamwork-that they will use after graduating. In past years, Geneva′s bridge teams have proven successful, most recently when they qualified for the 2011 Nationals at Texas A&M. As a team, they feel equipped with the knowledge and skills to build success for Geneva once again.

Steel Bridge Team

Steel Bridge Team
From left to right, front to back
Andrew Fischer, Josh Tanis, Dustyn Steckman, Brett Hutira, Scott Tousignant, Vince Larson

Finals week care packages! Tornado Treats, a mix of granola bars, crackers, fruit, candy, beverages and other study munchies, will be packaged and delivered to your student for finals week. The cost $20.00 and all proceeds are used to fund Residence Hall initiatives. Please contact the Residence Life office at 724-847-6645 or amcorrih@geneva.edu. We are accepting orders through Wednesday, April 24th.

March 2013

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