Engagement Poster Day to feature mechanical engineering projects

March 24, 2014

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Dr. Prathivada Ravikumar

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. —The University of Wisconsin-Platteville will give its Pioneer Academic Center for Community Engagement students a chance to shine at PACCE Engagement Poster Day. On Wednesday, April 23 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Velzy Commons and Nohr Gallery will be bursting with more than 70 posters highlighting this semester’s PACCE projects. The posters represent the work of more than 800 students. Students will be available to explain their displays and their projects to fellow students, community members, faculty and staff. This semester’s event is being held in conjunction with the Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavors Symposium. The public is invited to attend both.

Dr. Prathivada Ravikumar, UW-Platteville professor of mechanical engineering, collaborated with 10 area community partners for this semester’s PACCE projects. Sixty-three EMS students participated in these projects. They were divided into teams and their experiences ranged from design to production. Teams collaborated with community partners as they applied engineering principles to solve real-world problems. Biomedical and machine designs for companies are examples of experiences students were involved with as they recognized and factored in evolving contemporary issues.   

The community partners were Rayovac Batteries, Lancaster, Wis.; Solar Mass, Marshall, Wis.; Monroe Trucking Equipment Company, Monroe, Wis.; Vibe Technology, Sheboygan, Wis.; Air Lec Industries, Madison, Wis.; Bay Care Clinic, Green Bay, Wis.; John Deere, Horicon, Wis.; SSS Technologies, Janesville, Wis.; DDI Corporation, Dubuque Iowa; and Rightfoot Performance Products, Appleton, Wis.

PACCE has been active since 2008 and provides funding for community projects that support student growth through engagement, teaching and reinforcement of classroom learning. PACCE is a funding source for scholarship of engagement projects and funds hundreds of projects every year. For more information about PACCE, visit www.uwplatt.edu/pacce.

Written by: Kathy Neumeister, PACCE, (608) 342-6020, neumeisterk@uwplatt.edu

Formatted by: Alison Parkins, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1526, parkinsal@uwplatt.edu

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