OU Engineering Students ‘Design To Make A Difference’

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Eight teams of senior mechanical engineer students from Ohio University's Russ College of Engineering and Technology are set to show off their senior capstone projects this Saturday.

The "Designing to Make a Difference" teams have designed and developed their projects for real-world clients.

Colleen Carow, director of external relations for the College of Engineering, said these projects are the first designs that engineering students get to complete during their college tenure.

"[It's] the senior design project. We call it a capstone experience. Students work on it over the entire academic year," said Carow.

One of the teams featured this year is Team Green Bean which had designed and built a machine for Good Earth Farms that automatically shells and separates dried beans from their pods.

"The whole idea is just to help somebody out, be it somebody who has a mental or physical handicap or a local business or something like that," said Sean Mefferd, a member of Team Green Bean. "A teammate of ours, Mark Ritz, knew the manager of Good Earth, Paul Cleaver, and thought that they might need a hand."

Carow says the capstone projects will be presented at 10:00 a.m. at the Stocker Center on OU's campus.