The Tech Talk
• January 12, 2012
Tech to host springcareer day 2012
Tech’s Career Center willhost Career Day rom 9 a.m.to 2 p.m. Feb. 9 in the StudentCenter, Main Floor.Job opportunities and in-ternships will be available orunderclassman, graduate stu-dents and alumni in variouselds.Students can register at theCareer Center in Keeny HallRoom 337 rom Jan. 12 untilFeb. 7. A student ID is requiredat the door o the Student Cen-ter. Alumni will be veried uponentering.The ull list o participatingcompanies or Career Day can be ound on the Career Center’swebsite.For more inormation con-tact Ron Cathey, director o theCareer Center, at 318-257-2488or firstname.lastname@example.org.
ISO to host annualscholarship dinner
The International StudentAssociation will host its 12thannual International StudentScholarship Night Jan. 28 at5:30 p.m. in the Student Center,Main Floor.The event will eature enter-tainment and ood rom coun-tries around the world, such asChina, India and Nepal.Admission is $10 or stu-dents and $15 or the public.All proceeds will go towardscholarships or internationalstudents.Tickets can be purchasedat the International StudentOce, located in Tolliver HallRoom 229.Seating is limited, buyingtickets in advance is recom-mended.For more inormation con-tact Bijoya Chakraborty, coordi-nator o the International Stu-dent Oce, at 318-257-4321 o email@example.com.
Gallery to displaystudents’ artwork
Tech’s School o Art wilhave an opening reception othe exhibition o the Master o Fine Arts students’ artwork at 6p.m. Thursday in the EnterpriseCenter Gallery.Students participating in theshow are Mary Davis, Jake Du-gard, Joni Dollar, Joli Grisham,Peter Hay, Jamie Johnson, Mat-thew Knopps, Casey Parkinson,Brittany Spencer, Diana Syn-atzske and Renata Vallada.The artwork will remain odisplay until Feb. 2.The exhibit is ree to thepublic, and gallery hours arerom 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.For more inormation con-tact Marie Bukowski, an asso-ciate proessor in the Schooo Art, at 318-257-3264 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Career Center topresent seminars
Tech’s Career Center wilhost a seminar on eective re-sume writing and job interview-ing at 3 p.m. and 4 p.m., respec-tively, Tuesday, Jan. 17 in theStudent Center, Main Floor.In the second session at 4p.m. the host Ashley Allen wilgo through the process o suc-cessul job interviewing.Students who participate ithe resume seminar can bring anew resume to the career cen-ter at a later date to be revieweand critiqued.All students are encourageto attend both seminars, espe-cially juniors and seniors.For more inormation con-tact Lisa Elam, administrativecoordinator or counseling ancareer services, at 318-257-2488 or email@example.com.
Ater setting an Americanrecord in the UrbanConceptcategory last year, Tech’s eco-car team will ocus more atten-tion on the Prototype categorythis year.Heath Tims, aculty adviseror the eco-car team, said theteam is trying to challenge it-sel more by ocusing on bothvehicle categories instead o putting the majority o eortinto one.“A lot o our ocus the lastew years has been on the urbanvehicle, mainly because it’s theone that gets attention,” Timssaid. “We’ve done very well in itand we’re not ignoring it, but atthe same time we haven’t put asmuch eort into the Prototypecategory. We’re really trying topush the limits a little more.”The Shell Eco-Marathon hastwo main divisions: the Urban-Concept category and the Pro-totype category.The UrbanConcept catego-ry ocuses on building uel-e-cient vehicles that are similar toa typical automobile. The Pro-totype category’s main ocus isto build the most uel-ecientvehicle possible.Tech’s eco-car team is tryingto get to a higher gas mileagethis competition.“We’re really shooting toreak that 1,000 mpg mark andwe eel pretty condent we’llget there,” Tims said.Cody Parsley, a senior me-chanical engineering major,shares Tims’ goal. He said theyare aiming or a 1,400 to 1,600mpg range.The design or this year’sPrototype is something new tothe team and the competition.“This year we’re going withan entirely new concept,”Parsley said. “It’s somethingwe’ve never seen beore, andit’s something I don’t think theShell Eco-Marathon has everseen beore. As ar as we know,we’ll be the rst to ever run acar with the set up we’re using.”The innovative Prototypedesign, which the team haseen working on since the endo last year’s competition, isstill in progress.“We’ve been spending a loto time on design so we can build a lighter and more aero-dynamic car with less rictionthan we’ve seen in the past,”Parsley said. “As ar as steering,engine placement and overalldesign o the car, we’ve neverseen anything like it.”Tims said they are tryingto reduce the weight, size androntal area o the vehicle asmuch as they can to improvethe uel eciency.“We’re trying to make ev-erything as optimal as we canand build a car that is barely bigenough to hold a person,” hesaid.The team did not want toreveal too much about the newdesign beore the competition, but Tims said it will be some-thing very unique.Sam Wade, a junior mechan-ical engineering major, is alsoon the executive board and hevalues the uniqueness o theirprototype design.“It’ll be dierent than anycar you see there,” Wade said.The Prototype categorydoes not have as many regu-lations as the urban category.Cars in the Prototype categorytypically have three wheels,hand controls and the driver isusually in a laid down position.Cars in the UrbanConceptcategory must have our tires, asteering wheel, lights, blinkers,a horn, a brake pedal, a wind-shield wiper and the driver must be seated in an upright position.Since the UrbanConceptcategory is ocused on cars ontoday’s road as well as high gasmileae there is room or morecreativity with design and aes-thetics.Parsley said because o thedierences in regulations, thetypes o competitors engag-ing in the competitions vary aswell. The rules essentially infu-ence dierent competitor’s rea-sons or entering and workingon the eco-cars.“Urban gets all the eyes anda lot o attention, but prototypeis where you nd people whohave a passion,” he said.Parsley said this is partially because they put up such highnumbers in mileage and do any-thing to make their cars moreecient.“The Prototype group is re-ally about pushing the limits,”Tims said. “That is the goal. It’snot a looks competition. Aes-thetics do not matter. It is allabout seeing how ar you cango on the least amount o uel.”Allie De Leo, a member o the executive board or theeco-car, said the team hopes to build a car that will last.De Leo said, “When you seethe cars that are winning andplacing rst in the Prototypecategory, it’s the cars that theyhave taken or the past our years.”She said this is generally be-cause each year those teamscan ocus on the dierent as-pects o the car, such as the en-gine, rather than on building awhole new body, which is whatTech’s team has done in theprototype category in previous years.Tech’s eco-car team is tak-ing the UrbanCocnept car thatset the record last year, butmaking adjustments to increaseuel eciency.They are also building a newUrbanConcept car that will runon a dierent type o uel. How-ever, they are devoting more e-ort to Prototype because theywant it to be good enough touse in later years and make apresence in that category.“We’re expected to go backwith another Urban car this year that’s going to beat last year’s record,” Wade said. “Weexpect to do that, but we alsowant to be a competitor in thePrototype category.”
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Eco-car team turns focus toward new category
Honors increases enrollment
erey Yule, an assistant proessor o biological sciences, takes roll during honors Biology 101 in the programs’ new classroom. Theoom is located on the second foor o GTM, and its addition creates more fexible times or honors courses.Ater setting a record last year in the UrbanConcept category, the eco-car team began working ondesigns or the Prototype category. Without revealing too much on the new design, the team assures that their new work is innovativeand uniue.
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Tech’s honor program wasstarted in 1988 in order to meetthe needs o students with ex-ceptional comprehension andthe motivation to learn.It is dedicated to prepar-ing students or uture careersthrough an enlightened andcritical understanding o theworld by in-depth analysisthrough oral presentations, re-search papers and group dis-cussions.To be accepted, studentsmust apply and have scored a27 or higher on their ACT orhave graduated in the top 10percentile o their graduatinghigh school class.Current students who wishto enroll in the honors pro-gram can apply i they main-tain a 3.5 grade point averageor higher ater two quarters atTech.In the past our years, en-rollment o honors classeshas almost doubled on cam-pus. From 569 seats in 2009to 1,080 seats in 2012, Tech’shonors program continues tosee expansion.As a result o this growth,more classroom space wasneeded to accompany thenumber o new classes theprogram oers.Rick Simmons, director o honors program, said he wantsall honors classes in George T.Madison Hall.“The student populationhas grown so much, we haveto oer more classes, and wedidn’t have anywhere to putthem,” he said.Simmons said Room 213 o GTM was empty and collect-ing dust so he approached theuniversity about using it or anew computer lab. He said heasked the Technology StudentFee Board about unding mon-ey or new SmartBoard tech-nology, and money or newurniture came rom the hon-ors and liberal arts budgets.“I elt like we had enoughstudents in the program nowthat they [honors students]should have a computer lab,too,” he said. “I nothing elseit would take a strain o someo the other labs.”The computer lab is cur-rently being renovated, andSimmons said it will hopeully be open by the beginning o the spring quarter.In addition to the newclassroom and computer lab,architecture classes have beenadded to the honors’ curricu-lum.“We have a lot o studentsin architecture,” Simmons said.“By oering more classes inhonors, we’ve given studentsthe chance to really invest inthe program more.”Scott Hunter, a sophomorearchitecture major, has beenin the Honors Program sinceentering Tech in 2010. He saidhe enjoys the small classes andunique learning environmentprovided.Hunter said having archi-tecture classes in the honorscurriculum gives him more o an incentive to learn and striveto succeed beyond school.“I don’t see how those [hon-ors classes] could be dierentexcept they add more work,”he said. “The only thing I thinkit would be doing is just giving you an honors credit.”Hunter plans to graduatewith honors and said he wouldencourage others to do so aswell.“I think it’s an excellentopportunity,” Hunter said. “Iknow or me, I’ve gotten a lotmore out o my honors classesthan I have out o a regularclass.”Steele Moegle, honors mu-sic appreciation proessor, saidshe enjoys teaching such am- bitious students. She also saidthe program presents privileg-es to proessors and studentslike her class’s eld trip to seethe Dallas Symphony.“We’ll see a matinee per-ormance o the Dallas Sym-phony Orchestra with a guestviolinist,” she said.She said the class will spendtime discussing the perormersthey will hear in Dallas.“It helps us look at things alittle bit dierently,” she said.“Students are always encour-aged to come to perormancesaround campus, but being ableto go o campus is really ex-citing.”
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“The Protoype groupis really about pushingthe limits. That is thegoal. It’s not a lookscompetition. Aesthet-ics do not matter.”
assistant professorof mechanical engineering