I Want One of Those!
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.
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.comments powered by Disqus