Students Win for Sustainable Manufacturing Projects

Date: 06-30-2016

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

Students from California State University, Chico’s Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronic Engineering and Sustainable Manufacturing programs once again won honors at a national collegiate competition.

CSU, Chico won a second-place and a third-place award at the 2016 Small Manufacturers’ Institute “Manufacturing Challenge Contest” on April 16 in Santa Fe Springs, Calif. 

Two teams from the University’s student chapter of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) designed and manufactured the projects, which must include engineering drawings, cost analysis and project budgets. All work was completed in the Plumas Hall and Langdon Hall manufacturing labs on campus, and no class credit was received by the students.

CSU, Chico students received a second-place award for their Wood Stove Heat Exchanger project. The heat exchanger’s purpose is to use heat from a wood-burning stove to heat water for use in homes where solar energy isn’t an option or a supplemental heating source is needed.

The third-place award was for their Beer Keg Chime Straightening project, which was sponsored by Sierra Nevada Brewing Company. The keg chime, or rim, is an important part of the keg, and the student’s project will be used by the company to help straighten damaged kegs. 

The main goal of the competition is to provide students an opportunity to apply engineering and sustainable manufacturing knowledge from the classroom in a real-life environment. Students take projects from the conceptual stage to a demonstration of the finished product.

Ten CSU, Chico students attended the competition. Presenting the heat exchanger project were Chris Presnell and Roberto Ramirez. Presnell is the grandson of CSU, Chico professor emeritus Ray Rummell, who served as an additional faculty advisor for the project. Chime project presenters were Daniel Cook, Sam Ungerer and Max Ankeney. Scott Brogden, Sustainable Manufacturing lecturer, is the SME faculty advisor.

Twelve collegiate teams competed in the 2016 manufacturing challenge. Over the past 30 years, students from CSU, Chico have won top awards at the competition 13 times.