Invest in the Department-Mechanical Engineering - Carnegie Mellon University

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Your investment changes the world for years to come...

Building our first formula race car, obtaining a patent for a new manufacturing tool and staying on the cutting edge of engineering applications: None of these accomplishments are possible without the investment of our corporate partners.

  • Representatives from a variety of sponsoring companies, including PPG, Chrysler, Ford, and General Motors were present when Carnegie Mellon University's mechanical engineering and design students unveiled a newly designed race car at noon Friday, May 14.  The 2004 team, led by Chris D'Eramo and Dan Fry, competed in Pontiac, Michigan, in the 26th annual Society of Automotive Engineers Race, which tests both design and engineering prowess of the cars and team members entered.

  • Imagine a device that would enable an amazing $200-per-day production savings. Well, a Carnegie Mellon University mechanical engineering project class imagined just such a device and designed a product that could save time and money for Kennametal, Inc. customers.  "The innovative new device allows for some quick change of worn or used tools," said John VanKirk, chief technology officer of Kennametal, Inc., a Latrobe-based global tooling solutions supplier. "And we have filed for a patent on this student-design."

James Raskob, who participated in the Kennametal-sponsored class, said he was thrilled when Kennametal officials said they would seek a patent for his team's class project. "This is a great addition to my resume, and a wonderful learning experience," said Raskob, who graduated from Carnegie Mellon in December 2003 with a mechanical engineering degree.

  • Parametric Technology Corporation (PTC) has provided Pro/ENGINEER and other CAE software to the department.  This has allowed us to pursue the vision of linking computer-aided design and analysis with computer-aided testing in its undergraduate labs. The impact this support has had on the education of our undergraduates is immense.

These are but three recent examples of the educational benefits made possible through corporate investment in the department.  There are a variety of investment opportunities in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. In addition to the "psychic paycheck," corporate philanthropy generates increased interest and brand awareness through naming opportunities and as we see above, can even result in patented, new technologies.