Carnegie Mellon University
May 05, 2011

Media Advisory: CMU Mechanical Engineering Students Showcase Innovations From Design Capstone Class

Contact: Chriss Swaney / 412-268-5776 /

Event: Carnegie Mellon University seniors majoring in mechanical engineering will demonstrate improved product design innovations for use at home and when traveling.  

Jeremy Michalek, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Carnegie Mellon and course instructor, said his students worked on a variety of prototypes ranging from solar-powered automatic blinds that raise and lower on a tilt with the push of a button, to a rolling luggage bag that folds up when not in use. Other products include a device to clean solar panels and a device to automatically shuffle a deck of cards.

The course is designed to help students put academic theory into practical products for improving daily life and society. Each project team selected existing products, conducted market research and mechanical analysis, and generated an improved redesign or new product innovation. 
When: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Thursday, May 5.

Where: The University Center, Wean Commons and Connan Room, Carnegie Mellon University, 5000 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, Pa. 15213.