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Here are some of our current activities and areas of expertise...
Faculty Contact: Dr. Harold Underwood
Appropriate Assistance for Disabled Persons
Students in the Disability Resources Group (formerly Mobility Group) of the Collaboratory have been developing appropriate mobility solutions for persons with disabilities for many years. The tricycle project team members have continually refined a design for a hand-powered tricycle that can efficiently navigate the terrain of rural Burkina Faso. Other students have since adapted the tricycle to also run off batteries and solar power. In addition to developing tricycles, one senior project team worked on developing prosthetics for landmine victims. Additional projects with prosthetics are not planned right now, but may take place in the future.
As questions of fossil fuel dependance, energy sustainability, and climate change come to the center of the world stage, Messiah Engineering students are continuing a tradition of finding the answers to those questions. Students working with the Energy Group of the Collaboratory have for many years designed and installed solar electricity systems for clinics, mission stations, and rehabilitation centers in Africa. Some Energy Group students are also studying and applying principles of energy efficiency and solar water heating, while others are developing small-scale production processes for biofuels such as ethanol and biodiesel. The Solar Scholars project is currently designing and installing a solar energy training facility on campus with the goal of educating other Messiah students and visitors about the potential for solar technology.
Faculty/Staff Contacts: Prof. Carl Erikson
Society of Women Engineers - Student Interest Group
The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Student Interest Group (SIG) is a community of women engineering students and faculty at Messiah College dedicated to serving God through community fellowship and the expansion of engineering services. The SWE-SIG theme verse is “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ “ (Mathew 22:37-39) This verse expresses the society’s desire to love everyone through relationships and service. SWE-SIG plans to partner with local organizations to serve the community. This year the society will build a safety regulated playground for The Silence of Mary Home in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
For many years, the Department of Engineering has had a strong interest and investment in developing cutting edge transportation technologies. Messiah Engineering students concentrate on sustainable and appropriate transportation solutions. The Transportation and Mobility Groups are both working on appropriate vehicles powered by electricity and recharged by the sun - a technology area pioneered at Messiah by the former Genesis Solar Racing team. Meanwhile, the Flying Club is working with the Transportation group to design and build an airplane which will fall under the FAA's new designation "Light Sport Aircraft."
Faculty Contact: Dr. Don Pratt
Clean, abundant water is one of the most pressing needs in the world today. Messiah Engineering students are working to develop and expand many water-related technologies, including well drilling, rrigation, water pumping, water purification, and sustainable agriculture. Several senior design projects have developed key water technologies, such as a low-cost, portable water filtration system, a percussion well drilling rig, and a redesigned hand pump for disabled persons. Work on these projects and more continues within the Water Group of the Collaboratory.
Faculty Contact: Dr. Tim Whitmoyer
Many of these activities are part of the Collaboratory for Strategic Partnerships and Applied Research and/or the Integrated Projects Curriculum.
You can also read about past Messiah Engineering activities.