Purdue University Calumet is looking to partner with companies to provide employer projects for engineering students. The school says the initiative benefits the businesses and gives students real-world experience in design and production.

August 23, 2013

News Release

Hammond, Ind. — In preparation for industrial employment, Purdue University Calumet senior engineering students are seeking employer projects to tackle during the 2013-14 academic year.

As enrollees in two-semester, capstone sequence courses that simulate a real world, engineering environment, the students form teams of two to four members to manage and complete and/or solve an employer project. The students receive guidance from academic and industrial advisors.

Comprising the student teams are majors of mechanical, electrical, civil and computer engineering.

As part of Purdue Calumet’s experiential learning initiative, capstone courses provide senior students opportunities to apply their classroom, laboratory and textbook knowledge participating in the type of hands-on activities they are apt to face after graduation as engineers.

In addition to students gaining experience of partaking in a real world project, participating employers benefit from the work of ambitious, eager-to-please students.

Desired employer projects would require design and engineering decisions and must be suitable for a team of students able to devote approximately one day a week for nine months. Students would address an employer project from September through the following April. A Purdue Calumet faculty mentor will meet weekly with the students.

Each participating employer also must be willing to provide a representative to interact with its student team on an as-needed basis. This person is expected to be available by email, attend occasional meetings, and take part in the design review and final presentations. Each project concludes with the presentation of team oral and written reports.

Examples of recently completed projects by Purdue Calumet student engineers include: Design and Building of a Moonbuggy; Analysis of a Diesel Engine Manifold 1; Formula SAE Brake Design; Industrial Reactive Power Control; Automation of Water Pumps; and Real-Time Data Monitoring for Transformers.

Employer representatives desiring more information are invited to contact Professor of Mechanical Engineering Harvey Abramowitz (219/989-2473, harveya@purduecal.edu) or Professor of Electrical Engineering Edward Pierson 219/989-2467 or pierson@purduecal.edu.

Source: Purdue University Calumet

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