Student Paper Takes First in ASME Competition

  A Department of Mechanical Engineering graduate student placed first in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers competition in October.

Jesse Cannon presented his project, "A Compliant Contact-Aided Revolute Joint," with the four other finalists in Salt Lake City.

"It was cool to just go and see what other people are working on," Cannon said. "There are a lot of cool ideas out there and I like to see what other creative things people are doing."

The competition began with a paper submission, which led to the selection of the finalists. Jim Schmiedeler, assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Ohio State University, coordinated the competition and spoke highly of Cannon's project and the other finalists.

"In evaluating both his written project report and oral presentation, the competition judges from industry and academe consistently praised Jesse's work for its design creativity and technical excellence," Schmiedeler said. "The high quality of the other finalists in the competition only adds to the distinction of Jesse's selection as the winner."

Cannon's advisor, Larry Howell, Department of Mechanical Engineering chair, encouraged him to take the initial step and submit his report to the competition.

"I won first place myself when I was a Ph.D. student at Purdue and I had also served as a head judge six years ago," Howell said. "I have been very familiar with the project so I encouraged him to participate and it was exciting to see him do so well."

Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, N.M. funded Cannon's project, which they asked him to work on.

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