Thayer School made Business Week‘s list of the 60 best design schools around the world. Business Week‘s panel of 22 innovation consultants, academics, and executives cited Thayer School’s project-centered curriculum, interdisciplinary approach, and Cook Engineering Design Center, which brokers industry-sponsored design projects for advanced engineering students. See the full list of top design schools.
New Hampshire Magazine named Professor Lee Lynd to its 2007 “It” List of “the most interesting, happening, talked about people in the state.” Lauding his work to coax ethanol out of cellulosic biomass, the magazine raved, “In a world that’s warming up, how cool is that?” For more, see nhmagazine.com.
The Big Green Bus completed its third cross-country trek fueled by used vegetable oil. In addition to outfitting the bus with two fuel tanks with a combined capacity of 220 gallons, engineering sciences major Lucas Schulz ’08 installed telescoping wind turbines and photovoltaic panels that funnel energy into golf cart batteries to power laptops, phones, fans, a stereo, and a TV. The 11 students on The Big Green Bus spurred public discussions of alternative energy everywhere they went.
Two projects developed by adjunct professor Richard Greenwald and his Simbex company made Time Magazine’s list of “Best Inventions of 2007.” The HIT System™ (Head Impact Telemetry System), installed in Riddell athletic helmets, was cited for its ability to measure the location and severity of blows to the head (see Lab Reports). The PowerFoot One™ was hailed as the world’s first powered ankle prosthesis for lower limb amputees. Simbex has partnered with PowerFoot inventor and MIT professor Hugh Herr to commercialize the product.
Thayer students Albert Kang ’06, Terrence Irving ’06, and Ryan Wheeler ’06 joined with volunteers of the Lake Sunapee (N.H.) Protective Association to launch the first buoy in the United States to measure in-lake and surface temperatures every 10 minutes throughout the year. As part of the Global Lakes Environmental Observatory Network, the buoy will gather data along with buoys in lakes in Wisconsin, Taiwan, and New Zealand. The Lake Sunapee data will become part of a database enabling scientists to study trends in freshwater bodies. The students undertook the work as their ENGS 190/290 design project.
Dartmouth Formula Racing’s ethanol-85 car won 2nd place in the 2007 Autodesk Inventor Design Communication Award competition sponsored by Formula SAE West. In the overall competition, DFR finished 21st in a field of 61 entrants.
Engineering Sciences major Alexander Latham ’09 was awarded Dartmouth’s Francis L. Town Prize for Excellence in Engineering. The annual prize recognizes meritorious and deserving students in science at the end of their sophomore year.