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Thursday, December 4, 2014

MSU engineering seniors solve real-world problems

Bozeman Daily Chronicle

Montana State University engineering student Brenden Harrison learned a lot from his final project, working on a team of seniors to build a better suspension system for mountain bikes.

“We learned trial and error for sure, how to deal with failure, a time crunch, and to work in a group,” Harrison said. “Actually, it let us apply everything we’ve been learning in school.”

That’s one of the goals of the senior capstone engineering projects, which were displayed for the public Thursday during MSU’s Engineering Design Fair.

About 20 team projects by students in mechanical and industrial engineering, as well as electrical and computer engineering, were presented.

The mountain bike team experimented with using magnets to dampen bouncing on the trail.

“It does what it’s supposed to do, but we don’t know if it would work in the real world,” confessed team member Adam Smith.

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