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June’s Student News & Voices

Blastoff!: A rocket built by students has reached space for the first time. Ten students from the University of Southern California’s Rocket Propulsion Lab recently won the race to breach the Kármán line, named for the Hungarian-American engineer who attempted to define a boundary between Earth’s atmosphere and space. Find out how they did it.

Quack, Quack, Zoom?: The ‘Flying V’ is usually associated with migrating water fowl and inspirational hockey formations. But what about a revolutionary new airplane shape? Students and researchers at TU Delft came up with a new plane design that will drastically cut fuel consumption and make for a more comfortable passenger ride while keeping existing air travel infrastructure. Read more here.

Go Baby Go: High school and college STEM students in Connecticut are teaming up to build free go-carts for low-income disabled children. These carts serve as fun adaptive wheelchairs for the kids. Read more here.

Tampa Topics: ASEE’s Annual Conference is upon us! From June 16-19 in Tampa, Fla., engineering educators from around the world will discuss pressing problems of the day. The Student Division is exceptionally active, with 17 sessions touching on such wide-ranging topics as “counterfactual thinking,” the Girl Scouts, and experiences in Qatar and Vietnam. The ASEE Students Facebook group often has links to hotel room shares and ride shares for cheap conference travels. Find out more here.

Fed to the Sharks

At South by Southwest this year, the Chronicle of Higher Education held its annual EDU edition of Shark Tank. They evaluated innovative ideas to turn education on its head. Ideas included a research-sharing social media site and a MOOC-like mentorship program. Find out what the Shark had to say and see if any of these ideas hit home–or fall flat. Read more here.

Helping Hand

Disabled workers are only as limited as their workplace accommodations. Leave it to engineering students to find innovative ways to help them help others! NYSID hosted the 2019 CREATE Symposium on April 10, showing off ways that nine different schools helped accommodate workers with varying disabilities, awarding $30,000 total to the top three entrants. Watch videos from the winning entries and see how you can participate in next year’s competition! Find it here.

Broken Cycles

With more traffic and more people opting to bike each year, there is a constant push-pull of drivers vs. cyclists–often to the detriment of the biker. Senior mechanical engineering students Andrew Ferree and Zack Saidman from Embry-Riddle University wanted to make the road safer for both cyclists and drivers. Their cheap, easy way of detecting impending road hazards just won a silver medal at the Society of Automotive Engineers’ (SAE) International Connected Vehicle Challenge. Read about it here.