At the event, students showed spectators what they will be focused on when they become engineers.
“Some took on the fundamental work of engineers to help out small communities, such as a sewer collection and treatment facility project seniors Bill Mapes, Chris Parker, Juan Urueta and Nick Wilson undertook for the South Georgia town of Whigham,” an article in the Athens Banner-Herald reads. “The facilities would take the city off septic tanks and, town leaders hope, set the stage for growth in the Grady County community.”
According to the ABH, Abby Caballero, Lauren Shannon, Max Ovett and Carson Coley are helping the city of Chattahoochee Hills decide what to do about the failing Garrett’s Ferry Bridge — analyzing hydrological and other kinds of data, creating structural and architectural drawings and costing out two possible solutions, rehabilitating the bridge or replacing it.
Seniors Damon Dunwoody, Michael Perleoni and Nick Thompson stuck closer to home and studied how they can help Athens’ Terrapin Brewery expand. The group’s goal is to quadruple the brewery’s bottling capacity and double or more its brewing capacity in the near future, the ABH reports.
“Other projects involved electricity, like the lead-free, lithium ion-based uninterruptible power supply for personal computers investigated by Kasandra Sandoval, Paul Sertwotka, Aaron Patrick and Myles Craig,” the article reads. “Others ventured into biotech manufacturing, including the team working on the project judges picked as best overall among the nearly three dozen senior projects. Alex Roman, Nikki Thai, Andrew Lyon, Alyssa Ghuman and Nicholas Winter undertook to design a commercial facility to manufacture a kind of stem cells that could help patients with spinal cord injuries.”
Other projects focused on things like emergency landings of aircrafts on water and new ways of manufacturing the influenza vaccine.
One group investigated a method of manufacturing the influenza vaccine that uses insect cells to produce virus-like particles, or VLPs, which contain no viral genetic material but can fool the body’s immune system into building defenses against the real thing, the article reads. “Most would agree with senior Bill Mapes’ observation after working on a project for two semesters. ‘We really learned a lot,’ he said.”
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