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USI satellite marks one year in orbit

USI satellite marks one year in orbit

Susanna Fravell, Staff Writer

February 3, 2020

the Satellite, UNITE CubeSat, marked one year in orbit on Jan. 31. The satellite was deployed from the international space station and has been successful so far in its journey.   The satellite was completely designed, built, and maintained by undergraduate students from USI. This was USI...

Volunteer eagles: engineering students build bridge, community

USI students and faculty spent eight weeks in Mblasomi, Eswatini building a bridge.

Emma Corry, Features Editor

October 15, 2019

Every other week the Shield will interview a student involved in volunteer work. This week, Koby Lindner and Josef Winkler talk about their involvement building a bridge in Mdlasomi, Eswatini. A nearly 100-meter long suspension bridge sits across the Ngwempisi River in the African country of Eswati...

Engineering program joins team to build bridge in Africa

Engineering program joins team to build bridge in Africa

Rhonda Wheeler, News Editor

October 1, 2019

The university’s Engineering Program spent a total of eight weeks in Malosami, eSwatini in southern Africa over the summer. The team, consisting of both students and faculty, assisted in the construction of a 95-meter footbridge over the Ngwempisi River. The USI contingent went as part of a team fo...

Student dies in car accident

Student dies in car accident

Riley Guerzini, Managing Editor

April 9, 2019

University student Clay Atkins, 21, died April 6 due to injuries sustained from a single vehicle accident. Atkins vehicle was reportedly traveling south on St. Croix Road when it went offroad and struck a tree head-on. Perry County Sheriff's Deputies were dispatched to the scene of the wreck shortly...

USI ventures into final frontier

The launch of USI's CubeSat from the ISS.

Bowman Clark and Riley Guerzini

February 6, 2019

Five university undergraduate students were finally able to see the 10-by-10-by-30 centimeter satellite launch into the great beyond after two and a half years working on the UNITE CubeSat project. The five active members on the Undergraduate Nano Ionospheric Temperature Explorer (UNITE) CubeSat te...

Stepping outside gender norms

Daisy Valdez-Perez, sophomore engineering major, smiles with other female engineering majors.

Emma Corry, Staff Writer

February 5, 2019

Raquel Denning has always excelled in her math and science classes, and noticed she enjoyed them more than her classmates. “Growing up, they always ask you, ‘So, what do you want to be when you grow up?’” the senior mechanical engineering major said. “And with that question, I had to think, ‘What di...

New dean hopes to continue positive growth

New dean hopes to continue positive growth

Sarah Loesch, Editor-in-chief

December 8, 2016

Zane Mitchell was recently named the dean of the Pott College of Science, Engineering and Teaching after serving as interim dean since June. Mitchell is a professor of engineering and before moving into the dean position, served as the chair of the engineering department. The Shield sat down with Mi...

Engineering societies host competition

Nick Leighty, Staff writer

March 2, 2016

Registration is open for the university’s 2016 Robotics Competition. This competition is presented by the Society of Women Engineers and American Society of Mechanical Engineers. The deadline to register is March 18 with teams competing from 5-9 p.m. April 1 in Carter Hall. A training wo...

University to add three degrees for fall

Nick Leighty, Staff writer

February 24, 2016

Hoping to expand upon its current degree programs, USI has added three new programs to the Pott College of Science, Engineering and Education. The programs being offered are mechanical engineering, manufacturing engineering and physics. The engineering degrees are offered as a Bachelor of Science,...

New engineering degrees under state consideration

Cara Meeks

September 22, 2015

Scott Gordon and Zane Mitchell, are currently in the process of getting two new degrees approved by the state for the engineering program: Bachelor of Science in Manufacturing Engineering and Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.   They have been “approved by all of the steps...

What you’re missing: Applied Engineering Center houses state of the art equipment

Meredith Harris

September 24, 2013

Engineering Department Chair Zane Mitchell said his favorite piece of equipment in the Applied Engineering Center is the holographic monitor. “I think it represents how far technology has come in a very short period of time,” he said. The machine works the same way a 3D television does. Similar...

Applied Engineering Center opens its doors

James Vaughn

September 13, 2013

The Applied Engineering Center opened its doors Friday following a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the facility, which features equipment found no where else in the United States. The 16,226 square-foot manufacturing center is one of only two labs in the entire world equipped with German Festo technolog...

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