Gannon Engineering Students Win Innovation Showcase Prizes
Posted: April 19, 2017
When the engineering students of the Gannon University Robotic
Development Team (GUBotDev) won the 2017 Erie Collegiate Innovation
Showcase they were rewarded for thinking big-and thinking
The team of Nick Devine and Jeremy Korte, both electrical
engineering majors, and software engineering major Steven Rowland,
presented their ten-foot-tall 3D printer in the "Shark Tank"-type
competition held April 6. That device, designed and built by the
team, is, according to Rowland "definitely among the three biggest
filament printers in the world, from what we can find."
For good measure, the team also demonstrated a printer, small
enough to fit on a desktop, that they designed and built for only
$100. It was a winning combination for the competition involving
two teams each from Gannon, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and
Penn State Behrend.
For their ingenuity, the GUBotDev team, won the $3,000 cash
grand prize based on the criteria of feasibility, creativity and
quality of presentation.
Designed to accommodate objects up to six feet in length and
three feet in diameter, the printer has the capability to create
whole entire wing assemblies for radio-controlled model airplanes,
and even to create human statues out of plastic filament. The
printer can be assembled in just 45 minutes.
The second Gannon team, dubbed Cheers!, the name of a social app
they designed, also won, receiving six months of incubation
services at Gannon's Erie Technology Incubator, including office
space, a customized mentor team, one-on-one coaching and access to
technology at Gannon's Center for Business Ingenuity.
The GUBotDev team was advised by Mark Blair, instructor in
computer and information science, while the Cheers! team was
advised by Kurt Hersch, instructor in entrepreneurship, both of
Gannon University's College of Engineering and Business. Members of
the Cheers! team were Nate Carlin, Steve Caulfield, Michael Frio,
Matthew Gawlik, Jimmy Gruss, Gregory Incardona, Marco Orlando,
Andrew Peirson and Josh Reynolds.