Carnegie Mellon University
May 04, 2012

Media Advisory: Carnegie Mellon Mechanical Engineering Majors To Showcase Consumer Product Prototypes at Senior Design Expo

Contact: Chriss Swaney / 412-268-5776 /
Event: Weary of sizzling in the summer heat with no cold drinks? Worried you will wake the kids when doing the bedtime check? Carnegie Mellon University mechanical engineering students have created a new quiet door latch and a rapid drink chiller that cools a warm drink in seconds by spraying the rotating bottle or can with water cooled by a thermoelectric cell.

These products will be on display at the Mechanical Engineering Department’s annual Senior Design Expo, where teams of students will present their work.

“The quiet door latch and the rapid drink chiller are just a few of the innovative designs featured at our annual senior design expo,” said expo adviser Jeremy J. Michalek, associate professor of mechanical engineering.

Each team dissected and analyzed a competitor product, conducted market research, identified opportunities for innovation, generated a range of design concepts and developed the concepts through analysis, testing and three iterations of prototypes.

Some of the other team projects on display include a foot-actuated mop wringer for housework, a foldable snowboard for the avid skier and a novel scooter disk brake.

When: 10:15 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday, May 7.

Where: Singleton Room, Roberts Engineering Hall, Carnegie Mellon University, off Frew Street, Pittsburgh, Pa. 15213.