|Casey Campbell | Gazette-Times|
State University student Leif Schneider, center, explains how
his team’s electric motorcycle works to a group of onlookers
during OSU’s ninth annual Engineering Expo on
OSU engineering students present
By KYLE ODEGARD
Oregon State University showed off more than 100
student projects Friday afternoon during its ninth annual
“This is what we can do with our
education,” said senior Chris McReynolds, next to a remote-control
robot developed in cooperation with the Salem Police Department’s
He and six other students built it, and McReynolds
said he was excited to work on a project that could someday save
The robot includes audio and visual capabilities and
can go off road and off curbs. But household stairs have proved to
be a problem. “Needs more power,” McReynolds said.
graduates in June, but the kinks with the robot could be worked out
in future years, as the project likely will continue.
student Leif Schneider explained an electric motorcycle for a crowd
“We spent every night for six months working on
this,” he said.
For now, the motorbike can go 35 mph for an
hour. With more expensive batteries, it could go seven times as long
on one charge.
Other projects included: building insulation
made from recycled plastic bags and packing peanuts; an oversized
videogame controller that can be reconfigured to have oversize
buttons, sip-and-puff controls and other features for people with
disabilities; and a method of using cell phones to transmit medical
“It’s so exciting. I’m so glad I got to be a part of
it and show off my little project,” said Akhila Nandgopal, a
freshman from India who designed a skateboard lighting system to
keep riders safe at night.
Several companies sponsored
projects and had representatives in attendance.
Bob Bales of
Portland, a 1973 graduate of OSU and software engineer, also came
down for the expo and said it would have been helpful for students
“We never had anything like this,” he said. “You
could see what it really takes to do a project, rather than just
doing a lab exercise,” he said.
Kyle Odegard covers Oregon
State University. He can be contacted at email@example.com or
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