Student Life

Engineering Student Committee Student Lecture Series

Event Date and Time: 
Thursday, September 26, 2013, 12:30 PM to 1:45 PM
Thursday, October 3, 2013, 12:30 PM to 1:45 PM
Thursday, October 17, 2013, 12:30 PM to 1:45 PM
Thursday, October 24, 2013, 12:30 PM to 1:45 PM
217 John Mithcell Center, Gorham
Contact Name: 
Peter Juarez
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LANCO Presentation and Engineering challenge

Who: Peter Vachon, LANCO engineer and engineering resident for USM

When/where: Thursday, September 26th12:30pm-1:45pm / Room 217

Description: Peter Vachon is our new engineering resident here at USM. He will be presenting information concerning his company LANCO and their products. This will include an overview PowerPoint, a video demonstration of some of their most recent machines, and a presentation of an engineering problem they are currently trying to figure out. We don’t generally get this kind of in depth insight into the commercial and industrial side of engineering, so come and listen!

Co-op and External Programs here at USM

Who: Gregory S. Cavanaugh, USM Program Manager of External Programs

When/where: Thursday, October 3rd 12:30pm-1:45pm / Room 217

Description: Greg Cavanaugh works here at USM (in this very building, in fact) and handles many of the external and industry-partnered programs that operate in this building. He is one of the resources we have here to help us get valuable experience in industry. In this presentation Greg will explain USM’s co-op program and show how you can get more involved in industry (co-op, tours, internships, etc). For anyone who doesn’t know Greg or anyone who wants to gain some experience, this lecture is a MUST.


Research: Surface Acoustic Wave (SAW) Sensors and applications

Who: Peter Juarez, Senior Mechanical Engineering student at USM

When/where: Thursday, October 17th 12:30pm-1:45pm / Room 217

Description: Last summer I was fortunate enough to spend 10 weeks in NASA’s Langley Research Center (LaRC) on an internship under the Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate. While I was down there I worked with a researcher named Dr. William ‘Cy’ Wilson. We worked on Surface Acoustic Wave sensors for use in impact detection, wireless interrogation, and strain sensing. If you’ve never heard of SAW devices (guarantee most of you have one in your cellphone), would like to hear what kind of environment it was like at NASA, or are just bored and want free food, come and listen.

USM Fusion Project: Who, What, Why?

Who: Edwin Meserve, President of the Fusion Group, Electrical Engineering student at USM,

When/where: Thursday, October 24th 12:30pm-1:45pm / Room 217

Description: Did you know that the Engineering Student Committee has a sub group called the Fusion Group? Did you know they already successfully made a fusion prototype, and are working on prototype 2? Do you know what fusion is? If you answered no to any of these questions, you should probably come out and hear what Ed has to say. Ed and his officers have been working on this project for several semesters, and have been directly funded by the Student Senate to do so. They are always looking for more help and insight, so this will be a great opportunity to learn more and join in on their research.