Mech-E students place high with sip-and-puff fishing rod

3/23/2007 7:00:00 AM

"It was a perfect example of how mechanical engineers solve problems," said student Scott Waters. "We were essentially given a problem, some rules, and a deadline, and we took it from there."

Waters made it sound simple, but he and three other engineering students competing in an international design contest recently placed second for their version of a fishing rod and reel that quadriplegics can operate orally.

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers student design competition finals held in Chicago included students from 14 universities. They designed unique electro-mechanical devices that allow physically challenged individuals to cast and reel a fishing line. Nevada faced competition from 117 entries represented by 73 universities around the world.

"It was a great chance to get some hands-on design and manufacturing experience, and I was very fortunate to have guys like Karl, Steve and Ryan in my group," said Waters. Karl was especially


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