Awesome Opportunity at Lehigh: Co-op with Ingersoll Rand (Fall 2014/Summer 2015)

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So with the end of the spring semester rapidly approaching, many of my peers are trying to organize what they will be doing this upcoming summer ranging from research to internships to studying abroad or just working back home. Luckily, I will be doing research here at Lehigh in the aerospace systems lab while I take some summer courses. The reason why I will taking summer courses is because I will not be coming back to Lehigh in the fall. I will actually be participating in the co-op program where I will be stationed in Davidson, North Carolina in the North America Headquarters of Ingersoll-Rand. Ingersoll-Rand Inc. is an Irish global diversified industrial company founded in 1871. Ingersoll Rand is a Conglomerate business, but my Co-op will take place in their Industrial Technologies Sector as a System Integration Engineer for my first rotation which begins in August and ends in January.

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Headquarters in Davidson, North Carolina

An internship or co-op position with Ingersoll Rand is an ideal way to gain the experience and exposure that can lead to a rewarding career with them. Ingersoll Rand offers challenging opportunities for high-achieving undergraduates who are pursuing degrees in engineering. Assignments with Ingersoll Rand do more than just challenge and stretch the abilities of the co-ops/interns  but they also impact the business. The interns and co-ops at Ingersoll Rand have been involved in developing marketing strategies for new products, designing innovative new technologies to be sold in commercial or residential markets, creating new standards for talent management and talent development, and working with suppliers for vital material needs, according to the company’s website.

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My second rotation rotation will take place during summer of 2015 at one of their 67 manufacturing and assembly operation plants around the world. The amazing part about this opportunity is that I will be able to get 9 months of in-depth related experience in my engineering field before my senior year of college but I will be able to understand why I need to know some subjects in my college course when I come back to school. Also, I will still graduate in four years as with everyone else in my class of 2016. Ingersoll Rand is an amazing company to work for as they partner with top schools such as Lehigh to offer co-ops and development rotational programs for qualified graduates. I am very excited to work for them and learn as much as possible while at the same time hopefully making a positive impact to the company.

 

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Awesome Opportunity at Lehigh: Research (Summer 2014)

Getting related experience during their college career is optimal for students because employers look for candidates that already have related experience in the engineering field before offering students their first job. The amazing thing is that at Lehigh, getting that experience is readily available for students that are looking for that competitive edge. I have been presented with an awesome opportunity for this summer which is research for Professor Terry Hart. What my research would mostly consist of would be wind tunnel testing/analysis and working on the control systems for the lunar hopper.

The MEM department has a small wind tunnel with a 2 ft. x 2 ft. test section.  It is used for several elective courses as well as for independent study projects.   The freshman introductory engineering course (ENGR 005) has an option where students design and test airfoils.  They use a force balance to measure the lift and drag on their foam designs.  Another course that utilizes the wind tunnel is an upperclassman elective, Advanced Strength of Materials (MECH 305).  Upperclassmen may also select to complete an independent study project, where they work more closely with an advisor on a project of their choosing.  The aerospace club is a student run organization that also takes advantage of this facility.  The instrumentation in the wind tunnel is continuously being upgraded to provide a better understanding of the testing and its results.

Here are some pictures,

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The other part of my research would be working with the lunar hopper,

This is a video and some pictures of how the hexahopper works.

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I am definitely looking forward to learn as much as possible this summer through this awesome experience. I know that difficult challenges will present themselves in this process but I am ready to overcome them!

Suns Out, Guns Out!

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 So this upcoming friday is the first day of Spring!!! As the snow is almost all gone, warmer days are upon us. When the days are warm, people are usually not bundled up with many of layers of clothing. Recently, I have noticed quite more people going to gym now than in January when temperatures hit below zero. A great thing about Lehigh is the fitness facilities we have here on campus, but today I want to talk about Lehigh’s Taylor Gymnasium.

The Taylor Gymnasium is home to the Lehigh Athletics Administrative and Coaches offices. It houses the  Welch Fitness Center and Racquet Sports Complex, Lane Challenge Climbing Wall, Basketball Courts, Swimming Pools, Studio (Multi-purpose room), Locker Rooms, and the Penske Lehigh Athletics Hall of Fame, the Athletics Partnership, Athletic Store, and Youth Camps/Clinics Office.

Lets take a look at what some of these look like…

Taylor Gym Facilities Overview

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 Jacob’s & Morrissey Pools

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Basketball Courts

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Dance Studio

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Wrestling Room

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Lane Climbing Wall

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Boxing Unit

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Here’s a video tour of what the main floors at Taylor Gym look like.

So with spring and summer up ahead, and Taylor Gym just a 2-5 minute walk away from my classes, it looks like I’ll be ready for tank season! For who ever said engineers were weak and Scrawny, think again my friend!

The Interesting Faculty of the Week: Dr. Edmund Webb III

If you ask any mechanical engineering student here at Lehigh, who is the one of the best professors here in the mechanical engineering department many, many times you will hear the name Professor Webb. So this is why I chose Dr. Webb to be The Interesting Faculty of the Week.

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From my own experience, I have found him to be one of the very best that Lehigh has to offer. So far I have only met a couple intellectuals that portray very complex information in a very simple way that every student understands. I currently have him for my Strength of Materials Course (Mech 012) and even as rigorous as the material has been, I have found to have enjoyed every moment of his class. Here are topics we cover in Mech 012:

“Transverse shear in beams. Mohr’s circle for stress. Plastic yield criteria. Deflection of beams. Introduction to numerical analysis of simple structures. Fatigue and fracture. Column buckling. Stresses in thick-walled cylinders.”

These seems like non-intuitive complex concepts, which they are, but Prof. Webb has managed to help our class understand this so well that we feel very comfortable with this material.

This is Dr. Webb’s Profile in the school’s website;

In his research, Dr. Webb applies simulation techniques across multiple length and time scales to elucidate fundamental phenomena controlling the mechanical response of materials. Current studies include stress evolution in nanostructures and thin films, capillary driven fluid flow in reactive flow systems, and mass and heat transport processes at interfaces between dissimilar materials.

Prior to joining the Lehigh faculty in 2010, Webb spent 12 years with Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, NM. As a national laboratory research scientist, Prof. Webb applied high performance computing resources to a range of materials and mechanics problems, including capillary driven fluid flow, friction mitigation, stress evolution in thin films, nanoscale thermal transport, and liquid droplet impacts. He was recipient of several Recognition Awards from Sandia for various contributions in research and service to the organization.

I was recommended by many upperclassmen to try to take as many courses with him as possible, and so far by the looks of it, I’m sure I will.

I believe I can Fly….. with ME 195

“I believe I can fly”, this quote makes many people think of the popular 90′s song by artist R.Kelly. But here at Lehigh, this quote is not only a song lyric but also a reality because I REALLY believe that I can fly…. as a private pilot! In the spring, Lehigh offers a course called General Aviation Technology and Operations (ME 195). This class is taught by former NASA astronaut Terry Hart. The purpose of the course is to help you get the general knowledge you need to pass the ground school knowledge exam that is offered by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). So by the end of this semester I will be able to pass the ground knowledge exam and begin receive practical air lessons since I am certified. Ground school usually costs around $3,000 at a flight school or an airport but Lehigh tuition covers the cost of this class so there are no additional costs. I took this course last spring  and already received my FAA ground school certification. Also, since I am staying this summer at Lehigh, to take some summer courses because of the Co-op program, I will be receiving practical experience that adds up to 40 operation flight hours so that I can receive my private pilots license.

So I guess that you do not always have to go to flight school or reminisce R.Kelly’s song to believe that you can fly because here at Lehigh, students can make that belief into a REALITY!

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Interesting Faculty of the Week: Joachim L Grenestedt

“While Ivy League Professors break tensile specimens

Lehigh Professors break world records.”

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This is the quote and poster that is pasted on the door of Dr. Grenestedt’s office as breaking world records is a enormous accomplishment for anyone to achieve.

The enclosed streamlined motorcycle, or streamliner, that Joachim Grenestedt built looks like a miniature airplane with no wings. Its tiny cockpit seems far too small to fit a person of average size, much less Grenestedt—who stands 6 feet, 4 inches tall. Grenestedt built the streamliner to set a land speed record, but the contorted position he must assume inside the cockpit hardly permits him to drive, let alone race. He must lie almost flat on his back, and safety restraints are strapped so tightly against his body, arms, ankles, knees and thighs, that he can barely move his left foot to change gears.

Add to this the streamliner’s low center of gravity, which makes the machine difficult to balance and wobbly at low speeds. And steering is a bit counterintuitive: to go left, Grenestedt must steer right, causing the streamliner to lean, and then steer left. None of this kept Grenestedt, a professor of mechanical engineering and mechanics, here at Lehigh

Dr. Grenestedt navigated his streamliner across the snow-white, marvelously even surface of the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah at a speed of 133.165 miles per hour. He shattered the previous U.S. land speed record of 125.594 mph for 125-cc engines running on gasoline.

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Here is some of Dr. Grenestedt’s Background according to the school website.

Joachim Grenestedt is professor of mechanical engineering and director of Lehigh’s Composites Lab. His expertise is in designing, manufacturing and operating advanced vehicles. Present research focuses on:
– high-speed boats, slamming testing, new structural concepts (steel-composite hybrids), and new vehicle concepts for drastically improved ride (Suspension boats),
– unmanned aircraft for high altitude dynamic soaring,
– unmanned boats for characterizing waves, as well as for harbor patrol and riverine operations,
– unmanned aircraft that can be launched from a cannon.
Since joining Lehigh’s faculty in 2000 he has used composites in the development of innovative designs, from ship hulls to skis to record-breaking streamliners.

As you can see, Dr. Grenestedt is a very accomplished individual. Even though he emphasizes a significant amount on research, he also teaches some very interesting courses like Fundamentals of Aircraft Design which is a course necessary for the Aerospace Minor.

I personally have never had him but have heard many things about him and I cant wait until next year when I am a junior and I am able to learn from this man. Again, not everyone has the opportunity to learn from someone who breaks world records; so why not take this opportunity?

 

Interesting Faculty of the Week: Professor Terry J. Hart

Lehigh University is known for it’s prestigious standards and rigorous courses. But one of the reason why this school is so great is because of the amazing faculty that this school has. Many professors in the mechanical engineering department have achieved so much in their careers and are now sharing some of their knowledge with us, the students, through not only the theory the learned but also the experience they have gained in their respective field.

For this week, I decided to write about professor Terry Hart. Professor Hart, is a Lehigh Alum and is one of the very selective bunch that has traveled to space through NASA. He is a former Air Force Fighter Pilot, which he always has many cool stories to share if you ever have him, and he has had much success in other areas in engineering. If you can take a course with him, I would highly recommend it, because not only will you learn but you will enjoy the material as well.

So here are some of the things that Professor Hart has done throughout his career.

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Terry Hart ’68 is a former NASA astronaut, pilot, and successful telecommunications executive who joined Lehigh’s faculty in 2004. He was aboard the STS 41-C Challenger, NASA’s eleventh Space Shuttle mission, launched from Kennedy Space Center on April 6, 1984. The Challenger crew members logged 168 hours in orbit above the earth and were the first astronauts to repair a satellite from the shuttle. Hart operated the Remote Manipulator System (RMS) that retrieved the Solar Maximum Satellite for repairs. He also acted as rendezvous navigator and filmed footage using an IMAX camera for a movie titled The Dream is Alive (1985). Terry has been a fighter pilot in the US Air Force, and has held various positions in industry including Member of Technical Staff at Bell Labs and President of Loral Skynet.

Hart is the holder of two patents for his previous work in noise suppression circuitry and safety devices for electronic power converters. His current research activities include spacecraft attitude determination and trajectory optimization and Lehigh’s NASA Hopper Spacecraft Simulator project. Hart is also a FAA Certified Flight Instructor, and a member of AIAA, IEEE, Tau Beta Pi, and Sigma Xi. Honors and awards include induction into the Aviation Hall of Fame, the Rutgers Hall of Distinguished Alumni, the New Jersey Distinguished Service Medal, the Pride of Pennsylvania Medal, the NASA Space Flight Medal, the U.S. Air Force Commendation Medal, and the Lehigh University Alumni Award.

At Lehigh, He teaches many courses like Introduction to Aerospace Engineering, Spacecraft Systems Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Systems, General Aviation Technologies and Operations, Propulsion Systems, Launch Vehicle Concepts, Control Systems, Aerodynamics and others. I have already taken two courses with him (General Aviation Technologies and Operations, and Introduction to Aerospace Engineering) in which I have enjoyed very much and learned a significant amount throughout the course of the semester. Not only that but he is also my academic adviser, so we spend quite some time together talking about my future and what opportunities could possibly have the best and greatest impact in my career.

To conclude, Professor Hart is very cool and down to earth, his office door is always open and he is always willing to help, and again, if you can take a class with him, I would highly recommend it!