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Dordt engineering majors present senior projects

April 28, 2009

The Dordt College Engineering Department invites the public to senior design project presentations on Wednesday, May 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the Science Building Lecture Hall SB-101.

Four projects sponsored by Dordt College will be demonstrated. They are:

A Tensile Tester designed by David Lammers (Maurice, IA), James Slegers (Orange City, IA), Sean Schiebout (Sioux Center, IA), and Phil Stam (Oskaloosa, IA) will be presented at 7:35 p.m. This team designed and built a tensile/compressive testing machine to be used by Dordt mechanical engineering laboratory classes. It features an electronic data acquisition system for accurate specimen testing.

A DC Diamond Trainer Pro designed by Avery Gorter (Renton, WA), Brian Haan (Lynden, WA), and Evan Pheneger (Roseville, MN) will be presented at 7:50 p.m. This team designed and built a pitching machine for baseball team workouts at Dordt. Balls can be launched to simulate hits into all parts of a baseball field, with extra features include battery operation and wireless control via an i-pod touch.

A EGR Shop Crane designed by Jason Ahrenholz (Prinsburg, MN), Josh Sandbulte (Luverne, MN), and Tim Wasland (Little Falls, MN) will be presented at 8:05 p.m. This lifting device will assist with moving heavy objects in Dordt’s mechanical engineering lab.

A 1998 Neon Revolt – Electric Car Conversion designed by Andrew Friend (Zillah, WA), Robert Kangas (Maple Grove, MN), Matthew Laverman (Sioux Center, IA), Duy Nguyen (Westminster, CA), Joseph Slegers (Orange City, IA), and Katiegrace Youngsma (Douglas, MA) will be presented at 8:40 p.m. Faculty advisor Dr. Douglas De Boer was an additional sponsor for this project, in which a 1998 Plymouth Neon was converted into an electrically powered vehicle. A refreshment break will be offered preceding this presentation at 8:40 p.m.

These projects and projects from previous years may also be seen on-line.

Dordt College's fully accredited engineering program offers emphases in mechanical, electrical, civil-environmental, computer, and biomedical engineering.

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