Parks Places First at MESCON

April 8, 2011
Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Parks College News, Physics

story-0gkFirst Place Mechanical Engineering Presentation Winners, Michael Kelly, John Sanders, Dominique Turk and John Wendell

On Saturday March 26, 2011 nine Parks College seniors, including Hung Duong, Sean Ehle  Michael Kelly, Dan Kouri, Joe Maccio, Jeff Orbe, John Sanders, Dominique Turk and John Wendell, traveled with Special Projects Coordinator, Brooke Lund, to Evansville, Ind. for the 7th Annual Math, Engineering and Science Conference (MESCON) at the University of Evansville.  Students presented the results of their research for their senior design projects and competed with students from other universities for prizes in several engineering disciplines. The SLU students competed in the category of Mechanical Engineering.

Dominique Turk, John Wendell, John Sanders and Michael Kelly won the $200 first place award for their presentation about their project, “The Travel Tray Table: A Smart Tray for Your Wheelchair.”  Several other SLU groups also competed. Daniel Kouri and Jeffrey Orbe presented “Designing an Electric-Powered Speed Boat for the Solar Splash Competition,” and Sean Ehle and Hung Duong presented “Structure for Mounting Equipment to Autonomous Boat.”  Joe Maccio entered the poster competition with his research project, “Incidental Science in Low Earth Orbit.”

When asked about his experience at MESCON, Jeff Orbe said, “Attending this year’s MESCON at the University of Evansville was a very worthwhile experience because it gave me the opportunity to see capstone projects from students from around the country. It was interesting to see projects other than engineering. There were many senior projects in biology, chemistry, and math. It also allowed for my senior design group to further polish our capstone presentation. It was a nice change of pace and gave me the chance to meet and bond with other SLU students who also attended. I would recommend any future SLU student interested in meeting new people, practicing their presentation skills, or just looking to mix it up to attend MESCON.”

The students’ travel and participation was made possible by the KEEN network and the Kern Family Foundation. For more information on innovation at Parks, contact Sridhar Condoor, Ph.D. at

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