Gannon Students Win First Place at the American Society for Engineering Education North Central Section Conference

American_Society_for_Engineering_Education_WinnersPosted: April 22, 2014

  A group of seven Gannon University students competed at the 2014 American Society for Engineering North Central Section (ASEE NCS) Conference April 4th and 5th. The students, who are a part of Gannon's Scholars of Excellence in Engineering and Computer Science (SEECS) program, were awarded a  first-place   for Best Student Poster for their display on their Barber National Institute Project: Kit Assembly Machine for Mentally Handicapped Employees.

Competing at the ASEE NCS Conference, hosted by Oakland University's School of Engineering and Computer Science, were students Aaron Stearns, Eric Boring, Jerome O'Rourke, Daniel Winge, Lauren Ohler, Shannon Arnold and Shannon Gross, who are enrolled in Gannon's mechanical, electrical and environmental engineering, and computer and information science programs. Through their scholarships with the SEECS program, which is funded through Gannon's National Science Foundation S-STEM Award No. 1153250, the students were able to design a device over the course of five semesters to assist with the work efficiency of assembling kits at Barber National Institute (BNI).

Their project, named the Part Indicator Light-signaling Electronic (PILE) device, makes it easier for mentally handicapped personnel to put together assembly kits, which include nuts, bolts, screws and other pieces, by running the kit template through an Arduino microcontroller, which then triggers an LED light sequence in correspondence with the necessary parts to complete the kit.

Overseeing the students were faculty members Karinna Vernaza, Ph.D., associate professor, mechanical engineering; Theresa Vitolo, Ph.D., associate professor, computer and information science; Scott Steinbrink, Ph.D., associate professor, mechanical engineering; and Barry Brinkman, Ph.D., assistant professor, computer and information science.

More about the SEECS Program and the students' project can be viewed here