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Baker College of Flint Mechanical Engineering Students Win Second Place at District Competition

Baker team finishes ahead of Yale, other eastern US schools


Baker College mechanical engineering students Eric Rix, Alex White and Kyle Knauss receive the second-place designation at the district American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Student Design Competition at Drexel University in Philadelphia. They will advance to the international competition in Montreal, Canada, in November.

This quadcopter, designed by Baker College of Flint mechanical engineering students, is one of two unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that completed the required tasks in the recent district collegiate American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) competition at Drexel University in Philadelphia.

Quadcopter, designed by Baker College of Flint studentsFLINT, Mich. – Baker College of Flint mechanical engineering students earned second place in the district American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Student Design Competition at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Saturday, April 26. This win qualifies them to compete at the International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition (IMECE) in Montreal, Canada, Nov. 14-20, 2014.

The 18 collegiate teams in the competition were asked to design and build a small, unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), or drone, that would carry cargo through two gates, drop the cargo and return to the starting point. The Baker College UAV was one of only two that completed the assigned task.

The three-person Baker College team includes Eric Rix, of Mayville, Alex White, Flushing, and Kyle Knauss, Constantine. All are earning bachelor’s degrees in mechanical engineering. The team advisor is Tom Spendlove, assistant professor of engineering.

“We are extremely proud of our students’ accomplishment especially in light of the high level of competition in this event, ” said Julianne T. Princinsky, Ed.D., Baker College of Flint president. “This is a wonderful learning experience for them. Their hard work and dedication to excellence also reflect positively on the outstanding instructors who are helping these students prepare for successful careers.”

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