MMET students place first, third in design contest

Andrew Stuckey and Veronica Del Toro holding awardsTwo teams of students from the Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology (MMET) Program won top prizes at the international Second Annual Design and Manufacturing competition, organized by American Society for Engineering Education and Society of Manufacturing Engineers in Vancouver in June.

Seniors Andrew Stuckey and Veronica Del Toro, under advice of Dr. Wayne Hung and Dr. Nina Robson, led their teams to capture the first and third prizes when demonstrating their hand-assisting devices for people with disabilities. The project was special to Stuckey, who himself has a hearing impairment and is very sensitive to other people’s needs to find adaptive devices that can make their lives easier.

The students had to apply the knowledge they have acquired in their design, machining, planning and communication courses in the MMET program at Texas A&M. This project was an opportunity for the students to see how all their coursework fits into project development, design, manufacture and testing for a very practical and much-needed application.

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