ERIE, Pa. — Seventy-two student teams presented their work at Penn State Behrend’s Fasenmyer Engineering Design Conference. The projects included a 3D printing system for high-temperature plastics, an adaptive play space for the Barber National Institute, and a web-based game for NASA’s Psyche mission.
The Fasenmyer conference is a showcase for yearlong engineering capstone projects, which are guided by faculty members and industry advisers. This year’s keynote speaker was Matt MacBeth, a 1996 Behrend graduate and the founder of the Billion Dollar BHAG Movement, a network of like-minded entrepreneurs who have committed to putting $1 billion into the hands of front-line businesses, nonprofit organizations and churches by the end of 2023.
Many of the student projects were sponsored by industry partners, including NASA, Northrup Grumman and Parker LORD.
“One of the things we do really well at Penn State Behrend is work with industry,” said Tim Kurzweg, director of the School of Engineering. “We ask our local industry friends to bring us problems that maybe they haven’t yet had a chance to get to. That way, the students can experience real-world problems while putting their engineering skills to the test.”
To learn more about the Fasenmyer Engineering Design Conference, watch the video below: