Deflate-gate: Mechanical Engineering Weighs-In

Everyone is talking about what is being called ‘deflate-gate’ and no matter where you stand on the subject there is a technical side to this story.  New England Tech’s Mechanical Engineering Department Chair, Dean Plowman talked to RJ Heim of WJAR yesterday.

From WJAR news report:

With ESPN reporting that 11 of the 12 Patriots’ game footballs were 2 pounds per square inch below the regulation minimum of 12.5 pounds, it’s important to note that different air temperatures make a difference on the pressure.

“The temperature is always going to be a variable, just like (with) your car tires. The car tires are always changing their pressure based on (air) temperature,” Dean Plowman of the New England Institute of Technology said.

The gas going in the football, presuming it is air, is mostly nitrogen at 78 percent and oxygen at 21 percent. But with higher humidity — it was raining at the Sunday night game — water content can be as high as 6 percent, displacing the previous gasses.

“So, if I fill a football at 71 degrees to 12.5 psi (pounds per square inch) and I take that ball outside to 51 degrees, the pressure inside that ball is going to drop proportionally relative to that temperature drop,” Plowman said.

So, with a 20-degree temperature drop, that would mean at most a half pound of pressure difference inside the ball.

Even accounting for the temperature difference and its effect on the pressure in the football, it would still leave the balls in question with reportedly a pound-and-a-half of pressure below the regulation limit. How that happened is the question.

“To do something like that is a lot of work. So, why would you even risk, you know, doing that?” Plowman said.

Manufacturing is NOT dead

I know the United States may not manufacture as much as it once did, however, it still ranked #1 in global manufacturing as recently as 2010. And with advanced manufacturing really getting momentum in the United States it is primed to bring more manufacturing back. Manufacturing Countries

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Sheila Palmer named Assistant Professor

Sheila Palmer

Sheila Palmer

Sheila Palmer has joined the Mechanical Engineering Technology Department. She comes to NEIT from Barrington Christian Academy, where she was a Science and Math teacher and lead teacher. Sheila taught courses in Physics, Chemistry, Algebra 2, Trigonometry, PreCalculus and AP Calculus. In addition to her teaching duties, she was a student and faculty mentor as well as the founder and advisor for the school’s National Honor Society Chapter and the Student Council.

For several years, Sheila was an Assistant Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. She mentored students, developed laboratory applications for undergraduate courses, reviewed papers for inclusion in technical publications, and edited the division newsletter for the American Society of Engineering Education. Sheila has published many articles and presented papers in her field and has received numerous grants, awards, and fellowships.

Sheila holds both a Ph.D. and a Master of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Catholic University of America, Washington, DC.

 

Annie Unger named Instructor, Mechanical Engineering Technology

Annie Unger

Annie Unger

In March, 2014, Annie Unger was hired as a Physics instructor and has transitioned to teaching in the Mechanical Engineering Technology Department.

Annie has spent most of her professional life as a tutor or instructor. She has held several positions at NEIT, beginning as a Math tutor, then serving as an adjunct instructor to the Coordinator of Mathematics Services in the Academic Skills Center. As an adjunct instructor, Annie taught Math, Physics, and Mechanical Engineering courses before teaching full-time in the Mathematics and Sciences Department. Annie has also worked as a Mathematics Learning Specialist at Bryant University’s Academic Center for Excellence and as an Upward Bound Math Instructor and a Math Tutor/Teacher’s Assistant at the UMass Dartmouth Math and Business Center.

Annie is pursuing her Master of Arts Degree in Mathematics Teaching from Providence College. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. Annie also recently earned an Associate in Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology from New England Tech along with the college’s “Best of Tech” award for her technology program.

 

Quadricycle is making progress

Members of New England Tech’s Quadricycle Club are making progress in as they work to build a replica of Henry Ford’s quadricycle.

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Henry Ford’s Quadricycle

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Mechanical Engineering Technology Joins HTEC

Many thanks to Associate Professor Donald Keefe of the Mechanical Engineering Technology (MCT) Department for becoming a Haas Technical Educator Council Member (HTEC). Since Donald wanted to establish closer relationships within the industry and because the MCT Department utilizes Haas equipment in its curriculum, he obtained this designation to benefit the students in the MCT program.

As part of the HTEC network of schools, HTEC members have access to a wide variety of contacts, benefits, and services that include equipment discounts, training conferences, teacher training, educational and online training software, and many HTEC Technology Partners. HTEC members can contact, collaborate, and network with over 1450 schools, colleges and universities throughout North, South and Central America.

 

How 3-D Printing Will Change Our Lives – WSJ

3-D Printing, it has gotten a lot of attention over the last year. It is changing everything from the automotive industry to the medical industry. At New England Tech our focus is on Advanced Manufacturing. Our Mechanical Engineering Technology grads are in demand because we are teaching skills that are in demand, like 3-D Printing.

From The Wall Street Journal.com:

The technology could change how we do everything from packing for trips to what’s made in our kitchens

EARLIER THIS YEAR, a hapless penguin at the Warsaw Zoo lost his lower beak, either in a fall or a fight, and there were concerns that the bird might starve to death because the damage left him unable to eat. Omni3D, a Polish 3-D printer firm, came to the rescue, offering to produce a new beak—based on a dead penguin’s, to get an idea of the dimensions—from materials including nylon.

To read the entire story click the link: How 3-D Printing Will Change Our Lives – WSJ.

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NEIT Expands Hands-on Training in Engineering Technology Programs

EAST GREENWICH, RI – New England Institute of Technology has added to its extensive equipment inventory in the engineering technology department with high-tech systems used in industry to provide enhanced hands-on training to students in the college’s Civil Engineering and Mechanical Engineering Technologies. Today’s employers are seeking highly skilled technicians in the manufacturing and engineering fields. The Instron 5982 Advanced Mechanical Testing System will give students the opportunity to evaluate mechanical properties of materials and components used in a variety of industries.

Typically found in commercial settings, the Instron 5982 is utilized in many industries, such as automotive, aerospace, and major highway/bridge construction, to test materials used in manufacturing various products. The most common uses of such mechanical testing systems are for tensile (pulling), compression (crushing), bend, peel, shear, tear and cyclic tests to determine the best material to use to manufacture a product.  NEIT added the Instron 5982 to its lab equipment inventory so that engineering technology students in both the associate and bachelor’s degree programs are trained on state-of-the-art equipment, making these individuals highly sought after by today’s employers in the manufacturing and construction fields.

NEIT’s Mechanical Engineering Technology program is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

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New Scholarship Established

PMA

Special thanks to (from left): Bob Litchfield, PMA New England District Chair; Doug Sherman, Senior Vice President and Provost at NEIT; Bob Dupuis, Regional Manager, Dayton Progress Corporation; John Rogers, PMA New England Secretary/Treasurer; Barbara Gallonio, PMA New England District Director; Ollie Silveira, PMA New England; Joe Palmer, PMA New England Program Chair.

NEIT is pleased to announce that the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) – New England District has generously established a $2500 scholarship in honor of Bob Dupuis, Regional Manager of Dayton Progress Corporation, a PMA member and training presenter for the Association boasting 27 years of experience in this industry. PMA is a full-service 900 member trade association representing the $113 billion metalforming industry in North America.

Based on established criteria, scholarships will be awarded to two outstanding NEIT Mechanical Engineering Technology students in the Associate in Science and Bachelor of Science degree programs. Precision Metalforming will participate in the selection process and awards ceremony held at NEIT in December, 2014.

 

Facts about 3D Printing

Facts About 3D Printing infographic