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Reverse Engineering Projects Showcased at Innovation 101

From left to right: Michael Whitney; Brandon Maramba; Seymour Shapiro, VP-Research & Development, Chief Technology Officer, TE Connectivity Subsea Communications LLC; and Zack J. Dennis.

Forty teams consisting of more than one hundred freshmen students majoring in mechanical engineering showcased their reverse engineering projects at the Innovation 101 Showcase event held on Dec. 04.  This year’s theme was “Passion, Team Work and Get Involved.”  James Wynne, program manager, Local Education Outreach at IBM Research Headquarters, addressed the gathering with a keynote speech on “Excimer Laser Surgery: From Zapping Turkey to Zapping Eyes to Zapping Skin.” 

Initiated in fall of 2011, the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) introduced reverse engineering as part of the curriculum for the entering freshmen with mechanical engineering as their major.  Student Thomas Coviello said of the experience,” The Innovation 101 program this year has been imperative to my growth towards becoming an engineer.  The course has shown me the basics of computer modeling of three dimensional parts and how to create working mechanisms, a skill necessary for mechanical engineers.”