ERG Aerospace manufactures heat sinks that can be used in various fields. The current problem that they are facing is the inability to test their heat sinks under the specific environments that the heat sinks are intended. The ERG heat sink test bench project will result in a product that can test heat sinks quickly and efficiently. The product will be able to monitor and manipulate the temperature and pressure inside the testing environment and allow for different shapes and sizes of heat sinks to be tested. Overall the ERG heat sink test bench will reduce the cost of outsourced heat sink testing, and allow for accurate and efficient data to be collected for any heat sink of the company’s choosing.
Proof of Concept
ERG is a small company primarily focused on Aerospace technology although their product, Duocell, can be applied to many other fields. Duocell is a form of metal foam that is produced in a unique way that allows for ERG to be a major competitor to other metal foam manufacturers. The process that ERG uses is generally faster, and yields a higher quality product than competing companies in the metal foam market. The design team has researched the aerospace and metal foam industry to understand the market so that the ERG test bench project will be successful in meeting its desired specifications.
Testing and Results
Meet the Team
Damian Whittemore is a 4th year mechanical engineering student at UNR. He was born in Truckee, California but was raised in Portola, California. He participated in 4-H for six years and eventually became a 4-H leader for the swine showmanship branch of the club. Beginning his engineering career, he received an internship opportunity from ERG Aerospace and a job offer upon graduation. During his internship he had to use critical thinking and the engineering design process on multiple occasions to modify two major company processes to increase efficiency. During his academic career, Damian has developed his problem solving and process management skills which proved to be useful in his internship. Damian’s current goals are to finish college with a 3.3 GPA and upon graduation he plans to work at ERG Aerospace to develop his job experience and move up in the company.
Freddy Sosa is currently completing his senior year of his Mechanical Engineering degree at UNR. He was born in Providence, Rhode Island but was raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. He graduated highschool with an Advanced Honors diploma and was awarded the Presidential Scholarship by UNR to go there for his collegiate career. During his sophomore year at UNR, he obtained an internship with Granite Construction company in their Sparks, Nevada office for the summer of 2017. At his internship Freddy applied and further developed his critical thinking and problem-solving skills to help company engineers and project managers estimate, bid, build, and complete construction jobs. At the end of that summer, Freddy was invited to continue working for the company during the school year as well as the following summer. Freddy’s current goals are to graduate from UNR in Spring, 2019 with a 3.5 GPA and continue to work for Granite thereafter to further develop his skills and strengthen his job experiences.
Ty Finegan is a senior mechanical engineering student at the University of Nevada, Reno. He is originally from Turlock, California where he spent all of his primary schooling. While attending UNR, Ty has improved his problem solving and critical thinking skills through working on school work. During his spring semester, he received an internship with a HVAC engineering design consultant company, CR Engineering, where he continues to work. While working at the company, he has gained experience in 2D CAD where he has aided in the design and drafting of commercial HVAC systems. Working at CR has tested the academic knowledge by displaying the real world applications of his studies and presented restrictions that are present outside of school in the means of codes. Ty’s goals to graduate Spring of 2019 with a 3.2 GPA and find a job in the engineering field of energy or manufacturing.
Daniel McCready is a senior in the mechanical engineering department at the University of Nevada, Reno. Dan was raised in the town of Loomis, California and moved to Reno, Nevada to attend UNR. During his time studying Engineering, Dan has achieved an academic scholarship based on his GPA. While working in a university research lab, Dan as well as two doctorate candidates created a new way to process and analyze cellulose samples. Dan was tasked with the responsibility to determine the angles needed when slicing tree sample cores as to not affect the samples and then create a machine which was able to do so. With this task, the use of analytical techniques were required to help define the problem and solutions necessary to create the machine. Over the summer Dan was recognized at the largest paleoclimatology conference in the world for the process he helped create. Dan has goals to graduate from UNR in spring, 2019 with a GPA of 3.25. Dan has the goals of beginning his career in the engineering industry in the Reno or Sacramento area.
Julia Stueve is a senior at the University of Nevada, Reno and is concluding her last year in the mechanical engineering program. Julia was born in Las Vegas, Nevada and moved to Reno, Nevada to continue pursuing her academic career. During her time at the university, she has been challenged to work with fellow engineers of different specialties to create or improve upon several projects. Her most challenging engineering project to date has been to create her own company as an entrepreneur and pitch it to angel investors in an attempt to receive funding. This challenged her to do extensive amounts of research and analytical thinking as well as design a stable product and convincing business model. Aside from school, Julia was offered an internship at RHP Mechanical Systems during her junior year and has been guaranteed a job with the company after graduation. During her internship, Julia has been responsible for drafting projects using CAD, project management, along with communicating and meeting with clients, vendors, and fellow business partners. She has also joined ASHRAE in order to assist her in continuing her education after college. Outside of engineering, Julia was elected Vice President of Programming for her sorority. Her responsibilities inside and outside of school have improved her analytical thinking, problem solving, attention to detail, and time management skills. After graduation, Julia plans on choosing a specialty and continuing her education to get her Master’s Degree with the help of RHP.