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Students Showcase Work at HCC’s Engineering Projects Night

Students at the 2018 Engineering Projects night.

What do a Vertical Axis Wind Turbine, Soft Robotics, and a Wave Tank have in common?

All of these engineering projects were created by Howard Community College (HCC) students and were displayed along with more than a dozen others at the 2018 Fall Engineering Projects Night.

HCC holds the event twice a year to showcase and celebrate projects completed by HCC engineering students throughout the spring and fall semesters.

“This is an opportunity for students, families, friends, and the community to celebrate accomplishments, interact with project demonstrations, and explore lessons learned about the engineering design process,” said Mark Edelen, chair of engineering and technology at HCC.

The event is sponsored by Baltimore Gas & Electric Company, which awards a $2,500 scholarship – to be divided equally in the group – for Best Presentation. Trophies are awarded to the Audience Choice and Best Build.

This fall’s Best Presentation was awarded to Juan Urdaneta, Sergio Rogue-Garcia, and Hafeeza Mughal, for their project, Farmbot, a robotic farming system that automatically plants, waters, weeds, and monitors a small garden plant.

“It’s basically a robot that does all the farming for you,” said Mughal. “It puts in the seeds, it monitors the soil, it waters it, takes out weeds. It basically does the overall care and maintenance of all your plants.”

The group says they got the idea after reading about recent produce recalls.

“We thought this would be the perfect away to avoid those,” Mughal said. “If you want to get organic food, why not just do it at home? And we thought we could make a robot to do it for us.”

Best Build was awarded to Huong Le, Naod Assefa, and Mawulorm Doho, for their Soft Robotics project, a robotic hand capable of grasping and lifting small objects.

And Audience Choice went to Kenneth Stargel, Justin Rower, Kodi Holiday, and Mohad Khalid, for their project, Wave Tank, which simulates ocean waves and will be used in the college’s oceanography courses.

See the projects yourself here:

Title: 2018 Fall Engineering Projects Night

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