Aggies win national design and manufacturing competition

Female student holding books won from contestKeeping up their winning tradition, two teams of Texas A&M University students won first and second place awards at the National Design and Manufacturing Competition held in San Antonio in June.

Aggies won third place in 2010, and first and third place in the 2011 contest, which is co-organized by the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME).

The first-place team was the Electromagnetic Tracer Team of Todd Laird (MMET), May-Thu Nguyen Hung (nutrition science) and Juan Rodriguez (MMET). The team received a plaque and $1,000.  Male student holding books won from contest

The second-place team was the Maroon Team of Michael Streeter (industrial engineering) and Chris McDonald (mechanical engineering). The team received a plaque and $500.

In addition to the plaques and cash prizes, all winning teams received certificates, SolidWorks student-edition software, and reference handbooks.

In the contest, the teams were challenged to design and manufacture a novel medical device to detect possible harmful loops in the human body during an endoscopy examination procedure. This year’s event attracted six national teams and was sponsored by Central Texas Endoscopy Center, the Texas A&M Department of Engineering Technology and Industrial Distribution, SolidWorks, Industrial Press, PCS Engineering and MSC Industrial Supply.

The faculty advisor for both teams is Dr. Wayne Hung from the Manufacturing and Mechanical (MMET) Program in the Department of Engineering Technology and Industrial Distribution.