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( January 14, 1999)
ABERDEEN STUDENT ON ENGINEERING TEAM THAT WINS SDSM& T’S BUNGEE EGG DROP CONTEST
Brooke Dinger of Aberdeen is a member of the freshman engineering team at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology ( SDSM& T) that recently won SDSM& T’s bungee egg drop contest. A 1998 graduate of Aberdeen Central High School, Dinger is a freshman computer engineering student at South Dakota Tech.
Nine freshman engineering teams competed during halftime of a recent basketball game to see whose bungee design project would drop an egg 20 feet and come as close to the gym floor as possible without touching the floor. The bungee egg drop design project is a part of SDSM& T’s innovative Professional Practices in Engineering and Science ( PPES) program designed to restructure the freshman experience so that engineering and science education take on a more holistic approach to the educational process.
Dinger and her team members worked on determining the engineering and physics concepts behind the design of a support harness and bungee cord attachment that would achieve the egg drop objectives. The students incorporated three- dimensional graphics, computer programming and spreadsheet modeling as part of their overall design projects.
SDSM& T faculty members involved with the PPES project include Dr. Stuart Kellogg, Pietz Associate Professor and Coordinator of Industrial Engineering; Dr. Jon Kellar, Associate Professor of Materials & Metallurgical Engineering; and Dr. Stanley Howard, Chair and Professor of Materials & Metallurgical Engineering.
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