Published July 7, 2014
It is a busy Friday afternoon in the SEAS Engineering Machine Shop. Graduate students Xinnan “Simon” Peng, industrial engineering, and Mara Boardman, aerospace engineering, are busy using a lathe to make a customized retaining ring for a boiler as part of a research project on biomass fuel.
Meanwhile, Matt Duggan, mechanical engineering, is in the student shop area to fabricate parts for use in a senior design class. George Melero and Courtney Scott, mechanical engineering, are working on designing and building parts for the Society of Automotive Engineer’s Baja competition.
All this activity is nothing new to the popular machine shop, the largest and most comprehensive shop on UB’s campus. What is new is that since last summer, the shop has been thoroughly cleaned, painted and reorganized, and boasts a brand new CNC lathe and CNC milling machine, as well as three new engine lathes with digital readouts.
In addition to these high tech machines, a new window allows visitors to see into the shop from the north hallway. Safety and informational signage has also been added throughout the shop.
Next on the list is the renovation of existing space to make a modern conference room and the purchase of a TIG welder and 3-D printer.
“Our vision is to offer students a state-of-the-art work space for designing and fabricating equipment needed for experimental research and course requirements, as well as club space to build equipment for national and international competitions,” said Joseph Mollendorf, Interim Machine Shop Supervisor and Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.
The improvements are part of a three-year project to upgrade and modernize teaching facilities/laboratories in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, funded by an award from the SUNY High Needs Program.