Down to the Sea in Ships. And Rovers, Cars And Bridges.

Even Spring tornadoes don’t create the level of chaos that student design teams can spread across campus and beyond.
This week had Mars Rover introducing Zenith to an appreciative campus crowd while Baja SAE was mudding their way through the Tennessee design competition. Early reports indicate the Miners were still running at the end of the four-hour endurance race. First time in the team’s 10-year off-road history they’ve been waved through under the checkered flag!
DSC_7790Steel Bridge and Concrete Canoe are practicing like crazy, while finalizing plans for hosting this week’s 16-school engineering conference at the same. The same one in which they compete.
Steel bridge is under particular strain because their original design failed just four weeks before the competition. They’ve rebuilt from scratch and are in full-bore construction practice mode.
Canoe has resurrected “Alice,” the well-remembered highlight of St Pat’s celebrations of decades passed. The “Legend of Alice” is seldom mentioned in polite (mixed) company, so it’s reservedDSC_8148betterfor knowing smiles among older engineers. They’ve been practicing paddle team-work under some cold and windy conditions, and so far it seems the womens’ sprint team might even beat DSC_8100their male counterparts. The team also has the monumental task of dropping 25 weighted buoys all over Little Prairie Lake for Saturday’s proof-of-concept races. Wind and rain won’t make it easy.

Redbuds and Rocket Fuel


Springtime in the Ozarks, when it seems all operations move outdoors. When you have important business to conduct the ideal setting might be a remote woodland glade, well away from civilization. Better yet, by the side of a small, pristine … [Continue reading]

Steel Driving Women


Spring Break means little to the women of S&T’s Steel Bridge Design Team. They’d sooner be cutting and forming I-beams. April Fool’s day is ignored because there’s serious work at hand. Sarah Jemison, Miranda (Randi) Cory, and the men who … [Continue reading]

Celebrating St. Pat’s

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Yeah, there’s a parade, green-painted streets, couches on lawns complete with loud music and miscellaneous empty glass and aluminum containers scattered about, and two days of “independent study” in lieu of classes. So what? On St Patrick’s … [Continue reading]

SAE Aero Wrap Up.


Thanks to the change to Daylight Savings Time the Miners could do a little star gazing when they got to the airfield early this morning. The few exhausted students on hand staggered zombie-like through the dark, lit only by the headlights of what … [Continue reading]

Mud, Sweat, and Fear


Four days of Texas rain turned today’s flight workshop tents into bogs, swamps, lakes even. Folding chairs were just swallowed by the mud. Some teams simply moved out of the unlit tents just to be able to see what they were doing. Round #1 of … [Continue reading]

Engineering Idol


A panel of Lockheed Martin judges. A stage. And you. Now please explain in 10 minutes the intricacies of your design and answer pointed questions about your design approach. That’s your introduction to SAE Aero East Design. And how it will be in … [Continue reading]

You Know You’re at a Student Design Competition When..

After an 11-hour drive you arrive exhausted at your Ft. Worth-area hotel, flop down on the bed to recover, and from out of the parking lot darkness comes the subtle but familiar sound of a handsaw being pushed deliberately through who-knows-WHAT type … [Continue reading]

Where Are They Now?


Each year some 250 students “graduate” from S&T’s student design teams, and for their hard work they also get a bachelor’s degree almost as important to employers as their design team experience. These grads seem to disappear into the bowels … [Continue reading]

Ze Plane! Ze Plane!


Uh, not this time, Tattoo. The first design team out of the gate each year is usually Advanced Aero Vehicle Group’s airplane crew. In just over two weeks they’ll be plying the skies over Benbrook Lake, southwest of Ft. Worth Texas in the balsa … [Continue reading]