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Clarkson University Receives Donations From Abb Systems And Carrier Corp.

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The Clarkson University Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering (MAE) recently received a $2,500 gift from ABB Services and Carrier Corporation’s Refrigeration Operations Unit.Eric F. Thacher, M. Sathyamoorthy, Mitch Beckman, John Connolly

The gifts, according to Professor Eric F. Thacher, will be used for the MAE Department’s capstone course, Integrated Design I and II. Student teams in the course design, construct and test a prototype. The funds, Thacher, said, will be used directly by the teams for supplies.

Integrated Design is considered the most critical, real-life learning experience MAE students will have at Clarkson. Teamwork, multi-discipline solutions and planning are all brought together in the course and, as a result, prepare students for engineering practice.

Each project team completes a set of engineering drawings and a manufacturing plan at the end of the first semester. In the second semester, the teams construct and test their prototypes, then file a final report.

Projects student teams are working on in the 1999-2000 school year include an automatic trailer hitch, a Racquetball Practice Partner (“RaPPy”), a motorized scooter for disabled children, a combined solar cell-thermoelectric power generator, a 3-D ultrasonic scanner, and a floatation system for the school’s Mini-Baja race car.

“That Carrier and ABB Services have come forward to help has been very encouraging,” said Thacher. “These kinds of partnerships are necessary if we are to be successful in building up experiential learning at Clarkson.”

PHOTO CAPTION: Clarkson University Professor Eric F. Thacher (right) accepts a $2,500 check from ABB Services on behalf of the Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering (MAE). Joining Thacher are M. Sathyamoorthy (left), MAE Department chair; Mitch Beckman (second from left), vice-president, Human & Organizational Performance, ABB Services; and John Connolly of ABB Services. (Photo by Thomas M. Watson, Clarkson University)

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