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Student-designed furniture, home office to be displayed at 2016 MSP Home & Design Show

Dunwoody partnership sparks scholarship, real-world experience for five Interior Design students.

Interior Design Students Maggie Ellsworth, Alex Lord, Lise Hanley, Lydia Faison, and Megan Augustine have been quite busy this summer—building their skills, their portfolio, and their own furniture.

Photo of Home & Design Show Logo

The five senior students will present design ideas and several work samples at the very first MSP Home & Design Show, a new event where attendees can learn of the latest trends in interior design and home improvement.

The Dunwoody group will manage a feature booth during the show, where they will demonstrate how they would design a modern home office. Hand-crafted furniture and additional design work created by the students will also be on display and available for bidding/purchase.

Photo of Alex Lord presenting on a final project

Alex Lord presenting design solutions to faculty and industry professionals during Fall 2015 finals week

“The show is a wonderful opportunity for the future graduates because it gives them a great deal of exposure,” Interior Design Principal Instructor Sarraf-Knowles said. “It’s an opportunity to show off their talents and the skills that they’ve learned. It will also add a great component to their portfolio, which will really assist them when they go out and interview.” 

In addition to the professional exposure, the five participating students will also receive a scholarship from the MSP Home & Design Show.

“We wanted to partner with a reputable organization in the community that we feel could also offer something unique to the MSP Home & Design Show,” said Bruce Evans, Show Manager.

“We are committed to giving back…The scholarship is something we see being a staple within the show for years to come and hopefully [so will] the recipients,” he said.

Show promises networking, demonstrations, and celebrity guests

A first-time event for the students and the community, the show promises attendees a unique setting where they can:

  • Photo of Celebrity Guest Speaker John Gidding (photo courtesy of MSP Home & Design Show)

    Celebrity Guest Speaker John Gidding (photo courtesy of MSP Home & Design Show)

    Learn of upcoming interior design trends

  • Meet with design professionals
  • See guest celebrity John Gidding, HGTV Architect and Interior Designer
  • Become inspired by household décor items
  • Participate in interactive and educational demonstrations
  • Support Dunwoody’s Interior Design program and its future graduates

In addition to these fun events, the Dunwoody students will also be presenting on the evolution of a home office—a popular topic in the industry right now.

Student’s take on a home office might surprise guests

“We are doing research on the impacts of home offices nowadays. Currently, there are a lot of traditional companies that are eliminating the desks and telling their employees to actually work offsite at their home. This saves the company money on real estate, but also allows the employee a lot more flexibility.”

Photo of student-designed floor lamp

A student-designed floor lamp presented during Fall 2015 finals week

Because of these changes, Sarraf-Knowles said the feature home office will “look different than the standard or typical home office.” Instead, students will consider furniture flexibility (changing one piece of furniture into another); technology changes; and the various types of home office uses, workers, and needs.

The office will tentatively feature a student-built desk, light fixture, lounge chair, storage device, and coffee table. Students will also explore aesthetic pieces like backdrops and ceiling elements.

Learn more

The MSP Home & Design show takes place Sept. 30 – Oct. 2, 2016, at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

Learn more about Interior Design.

Radiologic Technology students honored at Pinning Ceremony

Spring 2016 Radiologic Technology cohort

Back row from right to left: Paul Sieckert, Alyson Stumbo, Eryn Kivo, Miranda Butler, Katie Welle, and Laila Merten. Front Row from right to left: Autumn Walbridge, Ashley Newstrom, Kristi Nelson

Nine Dunwoody College of Technology Radiologic Technology students officially graduated on Thursday, July 11, at a Pinning Ceremony where they were honored for the successful completion of the program.

Program graduates must take and pass the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification exam later this month in order to secure employment. The current five-year average pass rate for Dunwoody is 90%.

Laila Merten and Eryn Kivo receive pins during Pinning Ceremony

Laila Merten and Eryn Kivo receive pins during Pinning Ceremony.

The College’s Rad Tech graduates earn an Associate of Applied Science degree over two years (four semesters and two summer sessions). During this time, students rotate between 10-15 different clinics and hospitals in the Twin Cities area, including North Memorial Hospital. The variety of clinical sites allows students to work with real patients in every healthcare setting and situation–from level-one trauma centers to geriatric hospitals–before graduating. There are two graduating cohorts per year–one in July and one in December.

Students graduate with honors

During the Pinning Ceremony, Rad Tech faculty and staff also recognized students with various awards. Congratulations to the following graduates:

Dunwoody Clinical Excellence Award: Katie Welle
This award is given to a student who exemplifies the ideal behavior in a clinical environment. This student works well with students, staff technologists, and other clinical instructors in their clinical setting. The student receiving the Clinical Excellence Award personifies the type of student that Dunwoody and the Radiologic Technology Program would want every student to strive to be in their clinical setting.

Laila Merten receives Academic Achievement Award.

Laila Merten receives Academic Achievement Award.

Academic Achievement Award: Laila Merten
This award is given to one graduating student from each of the academic platforms at Dunwoody. The nominees for the award have a high attendance rate and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Other considerations for the award are based on work ethic, extra-curricular participation, pursuit of excellence, self-awareness, and leadership.

Best Team Player Award: Paul Sieckert
This award is given to a student who exemplifies the meaning of the phrase “team player.” This student takes it upon themselves to seek out work and help out in all areas in the Radiology Department, and also works well with other students, department technologists, and clinical instructors. They are the first person to lend a willing hand when help is needed.

Most Improved Award: Ashley Newstrom
This award is given to the student who exemplifies the most improvement from day one through their graduation—not only in the classroom setting but in the clinical setting as well.

Best Patient Care Award: Eryn Kivo
This award is given to a student who demonstrates superior care to the patients that they work with during their clinical rotations. The student selected for this award ensures that the patient comes first and that all the needs and concerns that a patient may have are taken care of.

Visit Dunwoody’s Radiologic Technology web page for more information about this program.

Dunwoody-built Little Free Libraries coming to a community near you

Student clubs and organizations provide undergrads with unique volunteer and professional development opportunities.

One of the many perks of a Dunwoody education is the abundance of professional clubs and student organizations on campus. With over 20 to choose from, these clubs are more than just extra-curriculars. They serve as valuable ways for students to meet industry professionals, participate in community outreach, and build their résumés and portfolios.

And the College’s National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) student chapter, led by Construction Project Management Instructor Jon Hassenfritz, is no exception.

Photo of one of the student-built Little Free Libraries.Students build Little Free Libraries for BATC

Earlier this semester, the NAHB student chapter was approached with a unique volunteer opportunity: to help build three Little Free Libraries for the Builders Association of the Twin Cities (BATC).

The libraries resemble small houses and operate as a free book exchange for anyone interested. Once constructed, the student-built libraries would be put on display—and to work—in the towns of Oakdale (near Cardinal Place neighborhood), Apple Valley (near the Government Center and the city library and park) and Anoka (near Walker Methodist senior living community).

“The goal is to encourage reading at home as studies have shown that having more books at home improves literacy levels and school-readiness among children,” said Heather Griffis, BATC Office Manager and project coordinator.

Photo of Dunwoody students working on the Little Free Library

Photo Credit: Builders Association of Twin Cities

“BATC’s relationship with Dunwoody and the Construction department at Dunwoody has always been good. It’s important to us to work with our members. We thought this was a good opportunity for the students at Dunwoody to do something fun while working on their degree.”

NAHB members and project volunteers John Jeske, John Bautch and Bradley Toenges agreed, jumping right in to the project.

Student activities promote professional development

Hassenfritz said that throughout the project Jeske, Bautch, and Toenges were able to enhance their building and project management skills.

“We were provided with two designs for the libraries and then were able to design the third one ourselves,” Hassenfritz explained. “Students had to learn to read and understand the build plans so that they could cut and assemble the houses.”

The students were also able expand their knowledge of a variety of different hand and power tools.

Photo of one of the Little Free Libraries.“Participating in the student chapter of the NAHB has a lot of benefits for students,” Hassenfritz said. “Through the club they have access to networking events, trade shows and many other experiences that other students don’t.”

“This gives them the opportunity to meet and talk with people in the residential construction field. These connections they make can open up opportunities for internships and full-time employment,” he said.

Learn more

The libraries are currently in their final building stages. Upon completion, the finished houses will be sent back to the BATC for painting and decorating. The finished products are expected to be installed by the end of the summer.

Learn more about where these libraries can be found.

Learn more about Construction Management.

Dunwoody College of Technology’s 2016 Spring Semester Dean’s List

Congratulations to the following students who have been named to Dunwoody College of Technology’s spring semester Dean’s List. The students listed received this honor by upholding a 3.5 (or higher) grade point average while being a full-time student*.

*Student must take a minimum of 12 credits to be considered full-time. 

Eli Abnet
Alexandra About
Samuel Albers
Alexander Al-hilwani
Jacob Allen
Satiya Amporful
Angela Anderson
Brett Anderson
Katelyn Anderson
Matthew Anderson
Tyler Anderson
David Andresen
Daniel Arboleda
Alysa Arnold
Joseph Aspelin
Megan Augustine
Brandon Autey
Austin Autio
Matthew Backus
Sarah Barry
John Bautch
Alec Becklin
Mackenzie Berger
Maxime Berger
Alexander Biggs
Kirsten Billmeyer
Macklan Blankenship
Corey Bloom
Thomas Blossom
Kyle Blouin
Jacob Blue
Kazimir Bluhm
Jackson Boehmer
Brittney Boie
Alex Boline
Adam Booth
Alex Brand
Joseph Broadston
Amanda Bronson
Chad Brooks
Christopher Bruneau
Robin Bry
Kyle Burnside
Derek Busse
Chad Caddy
Samuel Carlin
Anna Carlson
Joseph Carlson
Matthew Carlson
Robert Carson
Connor Chamberlain
Ma Chang
Kurt Christianson
Randy Dahlberg
Aaron Dahlquist
Brady Dalton
Jazmine Darden
Michael Davis
Adam DeCurtins
Walldo Deluna
Bradley Devriendt
Tristan Dewitte
David Dietz
Robert Donohue
Jamie Dulebohn
Vasile Dumbravanu
Scott Duncan
Parker Dunn
David Edwards
Adam El Hmamsi
Patrick Epperhart
Jon Erickson
Kaela Fahey
Jared Fanslow
Paige Fischer
Rachel Fisher
Mark Fujitake
David Gainous
Michelle Gaveske
Benjamin Gherity
Craig Gorman
Travis Granlund
Ryan Grigoleit
Robert Grindahl
James Grommersch
Jason Grzeskowiak
Charles Guelcher
John Guion
Andrhea Gulden
David Haerle
Keven Halloran
Neil Halvorson
Sandra Hammerlund
Robert Hammond
Brandi Hanisch
Danial Hannover
Jacob Hardie
Ryan Harris
Nicholas Harvey
Daniel Hattenberger
Anthony Hawks
Caleb Hays
Peng Her
Matthew Herrick
Andrew Hibbs
Aidan Hicks
Michael Hiepler
Joshua Hill
Tiara Hill
William Hiniker
Michael Hinrichs
Tan Ho
Vincent Hoang
Parris Hobson-Powell
Daniel Hoffman
Nathan Hole
Nicholas Holman
Benjamin Holmgren
Andrew Hoogenakker
Oudomphone Houngsombath
Heather House
Kyle Huberty
Paul Huff
Katherine Humphrey
Benjamin Hunerberg
Nicholas Hunstad
Ashley Hurner
Andrew Hurrle
Troy Hyland
Joseph Irey
Blake Isetts
Jordan Janiak
Paul Januszewski
Katherine Jenkins
Leo Jensen
John Jeske
Michael Jindra
Jettana Jitlak
Andrew Johnson
Brent Johnson
Briana Johnson
Chris Johnson
Harry Johnson
Isaiah Jolly
Levi Kavadas
Brandon Keizer
Thomas Kerner
Edward Kibira
Shelby Kiltinen
Jaslyne King
Matthew Kinne
Kyle Kissinger
Austin Kleineschay
Benjamin Klenke
David Klinkner
Brian Kloos
Christian Klus
Mitchell Knutson
Joel Koenigsmark
Megan Koerner
Connor Koll
Samantha Kollasch
Patrick Kowal
Matthew Krei
Michael Kretsu
Kasey Kromschroeder
Benjamin Kuchta
Derek Lambert
Benjamin Larsen
Jacob Larson
Justin Larson
Anthony Laylon
Scott Leighton
Ashley LeMay
Joseph Lerum
Robert Liebelt
Alex Linahon
Eric Lindenfelser
John Lo
Chad Lofgren
Eric Lorentzen
Bennieco Luangrath
Alison Luedtke
Ashley Lutz
John Mabusth
Joseph Machtemes
Alex Maciej
Alex Maciej
Michael Mack
Andrew Madison
Scott Magnuson
Richard Makori
Thomas Mallinger
Kerry Mandt
Matthew Mannella
Paxton Martensen
James Matthes
Erik Maupin
Thomas Mavencamp
Patrick McGinn
Kyle McGinnity
Lacy McLaury
Patrick McNamer
Jacob Meyer
Michael Miazga
Charles Miller
Steven Mitchell
Michael Molenaar
Christopher Monson
Madison Montgomery
Jonathan Moreno
John Moynihan
Jonathan Muckala
Celina Nelson
Heidi Nelson
Matthew Nelson
Karl Newsome
Son Nguyen
Stephanie Nguyen
Joshua Noer
Travis Northway
Peter Novellino
Brandon O’Brien
Justin Ofsthun
Grady O’Gorman
Andrew Olson
Benjamin Olson
James Olson
Corin Osborne
Michael Otten
Elisabet Pace
Taylor Parker-Greene
Taylor Paschke
Linsey Patten
Ricky Perez
Jonathan Peter
Andrew Petersen
Ben Peterson
Drew Peterson
Jacob Peterson
Jon Peterson
Matthew Peterson
Brian Pevensie
Sylvester Phandanouvong
Zach Pollei
Douglas Pouliot
Mary Price
Michael Prudhon
Grant Quasabart
Richard Reese
Adrienne Reich
Austin Reinertson
Mark Reznikov
Collin Ripley
Cory Roberts
Eric Robertson
Blake Robinson
Madelyn Rodewald
Saray Roeun
Makto Rono
Henry Rudolph
Randal Rue
Nathan Rumpza
Christian Saltness
Justin Sapp
James Scanlan
Taylor Schafer
Lucas Schneider
Sarah Schroeder
Trevor Schroeder
Will Schulzetenberg
Brianna Schumacher
Reid Schumacher
Jeremy Scollick
Kurtis Seurer
Luke Shaw
Matthew Shephard
Zachary Shorter
Lloyd Show
Sarah Silver
Stanley Silverberg
Ross Skattum
Gabriel Smith
Luke Smith
Thomas Smith
Devyn Smoter
Matthew Snyder
Erik Soberg
Shane Soberg
Rebekah Somers
Eric Sosa
Jerred Speller
Wyatt Spencer
Siri Springer
Mark Stafford
Dylan Stang
Alexander Stanley
Tanner Stearns
Paul Steffens
Daniel Stellburg
Brian Stewart
Charlie Stewart
Aaron Stoehr
Jason Strand
Dmitri Strohman
Kevin Strum
Donavan Sullivan
Heidi Sunne
Matthew Svihel
Dustin Szumowski
Sheldon Taylor
Anthony Thiery
Andrew Thompson
Kathleen Thompson
Micah Thorson
Alek Tomann
Brittney Tompkins
Daniel Treat
Timothy Trembulak
Miles Tristani
Mark Tully
Andrew Unger
John Vaccaro
Gabriel Vail
Jesse Valley
James Vanderbosch
Adam VanderVorste
Julie VanderWal
Julian VanDoeren
Choua Vang
Rachel Vath
Myles Voigt
David Voorhees
Daniel Wambach
Jerry Wang
Isabel Waryan
Marcus Wayman
Christopher Wenthe
Justin Wenz
Kimberly Wieting
Laura Wiley
Michael Willems
Brandon Williams
Michael Williams
Blake Wilson
Christopher Wilson
Shelby Wittibslager
Brian Witzany
Keith Wojciechowski
Elias Wolde
Gregory Woolsey
Timothy Wright
B Billy Xiong
Bee Xiong
Nhia Yang
Pierre Yang
Ryan Young
Rodrigo Zangano
Austin Zimmermann
Charles Zmuda

Dunwoody welcomes more than 400 alumni to proud tradition

This weekend, Dunwoody welcomed over 400 new alumni to its long history of outstanding graduates. The College’s Commencement Ceremony took place at the Minneapolis Convention Center at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 21.

Photo of Scott Crump

S. Scott Crump, co-founder and Chief Innovation Officer of Stratasys Ltd.

In his keynote speech, S. Scott Crump, co-founder and Chief Innovation Officer of Stratasys Ltd., shared the experiences, personal habits and attributes that led to his success as an inventor and innovator, including the invention of the first 3D printer with FDM, which revolutionized the product process by automating prototyping. He discussed the importance of creative, free thinking and the ability to follow through with the ideas that arrive through such thinking:

When you have a great idea, you need to create a clear vision of your new idea and have the persistence to prove its feasibility and then eventually convince others that new is possible. However, as a heads up, you should expect resistance to new.

We are all curious but generally, we resist change. So: most people are too afraid of the risk of social criticism and ridicule to take the chance of sharing inventions and innovations.

In fact, I believe this is the single biggest barrier to invention, because it actually threatens your comfort zone. To counter that fear, I always try to operate out of my comfort zone.

Mr. Crump also gave a challenge to the graduates:

Learn to use your creative zone, and make sure that you have a lot of fun along the way, which gives you the passion to make a difference; because it’s not just about a job.

Dream and follow your dreams; I challenge you to make a difference in this world. Solve big problems and don’t conform, be a non-conformist.

Alex Mars, who served as the Class of 2016’s student speaker, shared the impact an applied education at Dunwoody has made on her life:

Photo of Alex Mars

Alex Mars, Dunwoody Class of 2016 student speaker

We often hear the clichéd phrase “the sky is the limit”. I finished my last semester of the Welding program at Dunwoody in December. I took a welding position at an Aerospace company in Eagan. I build helicopter frames and airplane engine mounts for a living. The phrase “the sky is the limit” has taken on a literal meaning for me. Using the skills I have earned at Dunwoody, I build aircraft and send my dreams up into the sky.

In his concluding remarks, President Rich Wagner reminded the graduates:

Photo of Dunwoody College of Technology President Rich Wagner

Dunwoody College of Technology President Rich Wagner

The Dunwoody legacy is evident around our city, from the buildings Dunwoody alumni have designed and built, to the companies they’ve started, to the products they manufacture, to the designs they’ve created, and the projects they’ve managed. It is humbling and overwhelming to look at the impact Dunwoody alumni have had and continue to have on our neighborhoods, on our communities, on our state and on our nation.

And now, you carry a responsibility to hold fast to the values a Dunwoody education represents and to take with you the challenge of perpetuating Dunwoody’s great legacy through your actions and accomplishments.

Additional photos from Commencement can be found on the College’s Facebook page.

Photo credit: Stan Waldhauser Photo/Design

Dunwoody students to study abroad in Spain

12 Dunwoody students are about to embark on the trip of a lifetime as they head off for a 12-day study abroad trip to Spain.

A panorama of the Toledo Skyline, one of the cities that the Dunwoody Study Abroad group will vista. Image credit: Photo by DAVID ILIFF. License: CC-BY-SA 3.0

A panorama of the Toledo Skyline, one of the cities that the Dunwoody Study Abroad group will vista. Image credit: Photo by DAVID ILIFF. License: CC-BY-SA 3.0

The study abroad group consists of six Interior Design students, four Design & Graphics Technology students, and two Construction Management students.

Interior Design Principal Instructor Nada Sarraf-Knowles and Pre-Media Technologies Principal Instructor Pete Rivard will lead the trip.

The itinerary

 During their trip, students will have the opportunity to:

Through journal entries, group projects, guest speakers, and in-depth discussions, students will study contemporary and traditional design (both interior and exterior) as well as enhance analytic note taking and sketching capabilities.

Why traveling matters

When asked why studying abroad is important for students, Rivard said he believes “travel—especially global travel—is important for anybody.”

“It broadens your mind and it puts you in a spot where you are the stranger. I think it helps students understand and be more empathetic to people who aren’t from here,” he said.

Sarraf-Knowles agreed saying studying abroad is an excellent way for students to develop both professionally and personally.

“In addition to it being a resume-booster, students are also able to become more independent, learn about themselves, make new friends and ultimately change the way they see the world,” she said.

“They are about to learn the culture and history of one of the most fascinating countries in the world. I know they are very excited.”

The study abroad group departs for Spain May 23 and returns June 3.

Experience Spain from home

You can catch all the action of the trip by searching the hashtag #DunwoodyInSpain on Twitter and on Instagram.

Dunwoody will also be featuring several student photos and journal entries throughout the next two-weeks on the College’s Twitter and Instagram accounts.

Most of Dunwoody’s Class of 2016 already employed

With Commencement right around the corner, the question of “what now?” might be in full effect for some students—but it isn’t for many upcoming Dunwoody grads.

According to the latest from the College’s Ferrara Career Services Center, 85% of Dunwoody students are leaving campus already employed.

Micah Thorson presenting his capstone project for his bachelor of science in Industrial Engineering.

Micah Thorson presenting his capstone project for his Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering.

Associate Director of Career Services Rob Borchardt says this trend is consistent with last year’s Employment Report, which shows that 98.5 percent of the 2014-15 graduating class found jobs in their field within six months of leaving campus.

Employers turn to Dunwoody for new hires

“The state of the economy right now really favors job seekers,” Borchardt said. “Industries we support are in high need for talented graduates and those companies regularly turn to Dunwoody to fill that need.”

And many companies are finding value in engaging with Dunwoody students and faculty before their final semester.

From L to R: College President Rich Wagner, Lakeram Seriram, and YCAP Manager Peggy Quam shortly after Seriram was named the Youth Career Awareness Program Leon Rankin Award recipient.

From L to R: College President Rich Wagner, Lakeram Seriram, and YCAP Manager Peggy Quam shortly after Seriram was named the Youth Career Awareness Program Leon Rankin Award recipient.

This proved to be true for soon-to-be-grads Micah Thorson (Industrial Engineering Technology), Stevie Nguyen, (Engineering Drafting & Design) and Lakeram Seriram (Toyota Technician Training & Education Network):

Thorson found out about his recently accepted position at Andersen Windows and Doors through his Dunwoody instructor; Nguyen developed rapport with her employer, Permasteelia, after they presented to one of her classes back in 2015; and Seriram, who will be joining the automotive team at Lexus of Wayzata full-time, toured his future place of employment nearly two years ago during his summer with the YCAP program.

All three students will walk across the stage tomorrow already employed.

Degree, future brings excitement to students

Stevie Nguyen with the bicycle she helped design and build with her group The Hacks as a capstone project for their degree.

Stevie Nguyen with the bicycle she helped design and build with her group The Hacks as a capstone project for their degree.

“I am excited about everything,” Nguyen said. “I finally completed my first degree and am now off to start my life. I know that this degree will open so many doors for me.”

Thorson, who previously completed an associate’s degree in Engineering Drafting & Design at Dunwoody, agreed: “The part that excites me the most is the opportunities to continue to learn and develop. I hit the ceiling with my associate’s degree and with my bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering I will have the chance to keep growing in my career and continue on with my education if desired.”

Seriram said he too is excited for the opportunity to continue his education.

“It’s only the beginning for me,” he said. “Now that I have my two-year degree, maybe down the road I can get my four-year degree—and even open up my own [automotive] shop.” 

2015-2016 Commencement

Dunwoody College’s Commencement ceremony will be held Saturday, May 21, at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The Ceremony begins at 11 a.m.

Learn more about Commencement.

Engineering Drafting & Design students prepare for industry with a hands-on capstone project

Students prepare to test their electric bikes.

Students prepare to test their electric bikes.

While many recent college graduates spent hours writing their final capstone papers, Dunwoody’s Engineering Drafting & Design students were busy with a more hands-on project. The assignment? To design and build a custom electric bicycle using as many of the skills they acquired from the last two years of their educational experience as possible.

Armed with the electronic components from a Razor scooter, five teams were given a budget of $150 to fabricate a bicycle that could hold a minimum of 160 pounds and make it up the inclined road outside the north entrance of Dunwoody.

“By having a real build with functional requirements, the students are exposed to some of the demands expected in industry as opposed to just a computer model,” Instructor Alex Wong explained.

Open guidelines lead to innovative problem-solving

Because the guidelines for the assignment were relatively open, each team came up with something different. But not without some problem solving along the way.

“In addition to reinforcing skills the students learned in the program – from modeling and drawing to time management and teamwork – all of the teams ran into some issues and had to troubleshoot or adapt to it, “ Wong said. “The real world will always have unexpected situations, and the students were able to think on their feet and overcome these obstacles.”

The Hacks pictured from L to R: Instructor Alex Wong, Hunter Thome, Stevie Nguyen, Ryan Fales and Aaron Abbot

The Hacks pictured from L to R: Instructor Alex Wong, Hunter Thome, Stevie Nguyen, Ryan Fales and Aaron Abbot

Student Ryan Fales – a team member of The Hacks who produced a 1906 Harley-inspired bike – described how their team pushed the limits of their design by using aluminum to produce a curved main frame. He explained that even though aluminum is a brittle material and hard to bend, they needed a light-weight metal in order to get the bicycle to work.

“We wanted to push ourselves and take the risk to see what we could do and what we could handle,” Fales said.

Stevie Nguyen – also a member of The Hacks – said she spent hours researching bendable aluminum tubing, only to find out that the tubing her team already purchased wasn’t supposed to bend.

“We decided, you know what, ‘screw the internet, let’s just try it’” Nguyen said. “It ended up working. And with no fracturing either.”

Killin It Kustomz team pictured from L to R: Austin Zimmermann, Pierre Yang, Grady O’Gorman, and Brady Hansen

Killin It Kustomz team pictured from L to R: Austin Zimmermann, Pierre Yang, Grady O’Gorman, and Brady Hansen

Another team – Killin It Kustomz – was strapped for time when the rear wheel they ordered for their Chopper-style bike was the wrong size. To finish the project on time, within budget and to their aesthetic standard, the team designed a wheel in SolidWorks. They printed the wheel on one of the College’s Stratasys 3D printers and the bicycle was ready to go.

“We put a bike inner tube on the inside [of the wheel] so it doesn’t hold air itself,” student Pierre Yang said during his presentation. “And it works perfect.”

A lesson in teamwork

Engineering Drafting & Design students collaborate with Welding students to fabricate custom bike frames.

Engineering Drafting & Design students collaborate with Welding students to fabricate custom bike frames.

The Engineering Drafting & Design students were also given the opportunity to pair with Dunwoody’s Welding students to fabricate their bike frames.

The welding students made suggestions for ways to simplify the frame to make manufacturing easier and Engineering Drafting & Design students, in turn, gained insight on how to make a more successful prototype.

While presenting Whisp, Team Two’s bike, Cam Treebly explained, “we had a couple points of contention and [the welders] inspired confidence in us probably two or three times. They were very proactive; we really can’t say enough about them.

Instructor Alex Wong believes collaboration between multiple departments is a key piece in developing the soft skills needed out in industry. Recently awarded Dunwoody’s Outstanding Academic Innovation Award, Wong has a passion for creative curriculum that pushes his students to work with other departments to solve problems.

“I think it’s really important for the designers to get to know what goes on in their manufacturing departments,” Wong said. “Especially when they are designing computer models of products.”

Find more information about Dunwoody’s Engineering Drafting & Design degree here.