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I Want One of Those!

Boof Buster

Boofing, a whitewater kayaking maneuver for descending waterfalls, often leads to broken ankles as kayakers smash against their craft’s bulkhead — or their kayak hits rock. So ENGS 21 students Diede van Lamoen ’05, Bennet Meyers ’08, Justin Sanford ’08, David Strauss ’08, and Alfred Umbhau ’08, four of whom are kayakers, designed a bulkhead shock absorber that uses springs to safely suspend the kayaker at the moment of impact. Kayak manufacturer LiquidLogic has expressed interest in the product. Erik Dambach ’04, Th’05 was the team’s teaching assistant.

Image courtesy of Alfred Umbhau ’08
Image courtesy of Alfred Umbhau ’08.

FlexTech Roller Ski

FlexTech improves on currently available roller skis by accurately simulating the dynamic weight shifts involved in the classic cross-country skiing stride. Monica Martin de Bustamante ’08, Ben Koons ’08, Ashley Heist ’08, and Patrick Biggs ’06 won the Phillip R. Jackson Award for outstanding overall performance in ENGS 21 (Introduction to Engineering) last spring. They hope to bring their product to market. Their teaching assistant was Gail Sweeney ’03, Th’05.

Image courtesy of Monica Martin de Bustamante ’08
Image courtesy of Monica Martin de Bustamante ’08.

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Categories: The Great Hall, I Want One of Those

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