SME Student Member Update
January/February 2005

In October, Tennessee Tech University (TTU) SME Student Chapter S215, together with Nashville Senior Chapter 43 and Link Systems, hosted the Southeast Regional SME Student Meeting on the Link Systems, Nashville-TN Facilities. The conference featured guest lectures, a plant tour of Link Systems, student competitions, and an awards presentation. Eight universities and many SME student members participated. This year's student competition included "Manufacturing Jeopardy," and a skee ball structure building competition. For the skee ball competition, students built a low-cost ramp using materials such as balsa wood, Styrofoam, and twine to launch a golf ball onto a skee ball ramp. The winners of the skee ball competition were from Middle Tennessee State University. Students from other SME student chapters also participated, including Middle Tennessee State University S239, the University of Alabama/Huntsville S325, the University of Memphis S140, and Bessemer State Technical College S266, as well as IEEE Student Chapters from Vanderbilt University and Tennessee State University. If you are interested in attending an event like TTU's, contact your Faculty Advisor for help or call the SME Resource Center at (800) 733-4763 (U.S. only) or 313-271-1500, Ext. 4500.

Contact Dr. Ismail Fidan, at (931) 372-6298 for more details about this particular event.

Tennessee Tech students help high school teachers take hold of rapid prototyping technologies

SME News
Fall 2004

More than 25 high school science and technology teachers were introduced to the processes and methods behind rapid prototyping (RP) at workshops held at Tennessee Technological University (TTU) in Cookville, Tenn. in June. The workshops focused on cutting-edge manufacturing technology that creates actual models from computer designs, and they included professor and student presentations, hands-on projects, laboratory activities, educational and industrial exercises and multimedia demonstrations. Attendees were trained in the latest features of RP technology and learned how to apply that knowledge in today's curricula and laboratories.

The workshops were held at the Rapid Prototyping Laboratory at TTU and organized by Tennessee Technological University S215 Student Chapter Faculty Advisor Ismail Fidan, PhD, S215 President Coral Nocton and Vice President Zane Moseley. The lab currently houses a 3-D printing machine with color printing capability that prototypes any designed piece within a very short period of time. The laboratory was established in 2003 with a grant from the National Science Foundation and TTU. More than 150 design and manufacturing students have practiced RP technology since the program was implemented.

Moseley was pleased to be a moderator and speaker at the workshops. He firmly believes in the continuous education process and said, "I feel the focus of these workshops was broadening the horizons of the participants in advanced manufacturing processes. In my opinion, our goal was to give local science and technology school teachers a comprehensive view into the broad world of RP. Hopefully these teachers can take their new knowledge into the classroom and incorporate more advanced tools in the teaching process." Faculty Advisor Fidan added, "These workshops are important because rapid prototyping is continuously advancing manufacturing practices in many industries. We want to help high school teachers help their students understand this valuable technology-especially those who are interested in pursuing RP careers."

Each participant at the workshops received a certificate of completion, a sample rapid prototyped part and a $100 stipend. The workshops were sponsored by SME, the National Science Foundation, Z Corporation, Parametric Technologies Inc., Saddleback College, and GibbsCAM.

Miss Coral Nocton, SME S215 president chaired the E-Week activities in 2004.

S215 has been supporting the RP lab consumables and computer lab supplies since Fall 2003.

S215 student members received four SME scholarships in Summer and Fall2003.

Three S215 members received NSF grant to attend RP workshop in San Diego. (june 2003)

2003 Region 8 Annual Meeting
October 3-4, 2003

Marriot Space & Rocket Center Hotel
Huntsville, AL

Hotel reservations must be made before the cut off date of September 14th to get the SME Room rate of $75.00 per night. Call 1-888-299-5174. You must identify yourself as being with the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.

Mr. Troy Brown is the recipient of SME's 2003 Myrtle & Earl Walker Scholarship Award

SME Certification

Students interested in taking the SME certification test to become a 

Certified Manufacturing Technologist (CMfgT) can sign up to take the test now. 

The Tennessee Tech SME chapter will award each person who passes the certification test 

a $20.00 reimbursement.  The fee to take the test is $95.00

Sign up now and Save!

Three students obtained their certificate in Spring 2003.

SME Education Foundation
Student Scholarship Program

Deadline for Application is February 1, 2003

Nashville Chapter 43 Scholarships Announced


The scholarships for 2002-03 are 5 students at $1,500 each. Recipients are given below along with their schools:

1. Middle Tennessee State University

Russell White

Kyle Hooper

2. Tennessee Tech

Mehmet Ata Kok

Jamie Cook

Shannon Sullivan

Last updated October 1, 2002

'Support the Needy Families During Holidays' Program

December 2002

Working with the United Way, SME has been very successful in providing a more joyous holiday season for eight families.   Donations totaled; approximately 500 food items, personal hygiene items, articles of clothing, 90 food vouchers, and cash donations totaling in excess of $320.00.  The students delivered all the donations on Thursday December 12, 2002 to the Putnam and surrounding county residents. 

SME would like to deeply thank the following contributors for their giving hearts during this holiday season:

Food Lion Enrico Chiropractic Center
Burger King Pepsi Cola
Taco Bell Papa Johns
Cambell’s Baxter Bi-Rite Kroger
North Side Big Star Copyright Pet Resort 
Jackson Bank & Trust M&M Market
Walgreen’s Rafferty’s  
1st National Bank   Logan’s 

Mr. Brandon Waldrop is our brand new member. He joined our chapter on Friday, November 1, 2002. He is majoring at ME. Welcome to HOME Brandon!.

10 Members attended SME Mid-South Annual Meeting held at Metairie, LA on October 24 - 27, 2002

Luke Ash

David Brady

Carson Correll

Robert Dake

Ismail Fidan

Kristie Luna

Daniel Maurer

Adam McGough

Coral Nocton

Adam Thomas

Adam McGough and Luke Ash were awarded the first Place in the SME Mid-South Design Competition. David Brady was the second place winner. They received a certificate and check.

SME names TTU's chapter "Most Outstanding" in Nation

Shannon Sullivan and Ata Kok are the recipient of 2002 Lee Severy Scholarship from SME Nashville Chapter.

Mr. Mark Albright married in August 2002.

Our student chapter just received the 2002 SME Outstanding Chapter Award for Overall Excellence

Newly Recruited Members


Coral Nocton has been selected as the recipient of 2002 Myrtle & Earl Walker Scholarship from SME Education Foundation.

Mr. Vaughn has been interning at Cebal America in Shelbyville, TN, which is a part of the Pechiney group. As a part of his internship this summer Dusty will be participating in Pechiney's e*reporter program. There is ten groups of four e*reporters visiting Pechiney sites around the world. Dusty's group consist of a German guy, a French girl, and a South African girl. His group will be traveling to plants in Nuremberg- Germany, Bergamo-Italy, and Zhongshan-China. We wish him the best this summer!

Mr. Joseph Grimes (Former Vice President II) received his CMfgT Certification on May 3, 2002.

The following members will marry in May 2002. 

Scot Childers
Joseph Grimes

The Moonbuggy Team Races in Huntsville

                 The TTU Moonbuggy Team joined 67 other teams last weekend in NASA’s 9th annual Great Moonbuggy Race at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.  The race was held on Saturday, April 13, and hosted college and high school teams from 19 states, Puerto Rico, and Columbia, South America. 

                The race course was set up around the Space Camp area at the Marshall Space Flight Center.  It was designed with obstacles that simulated the surface of the moon.  The 17 obstacles were composed of craters, rocks, “lava” ridges, and lunar-like soil.  During the race two team members, one male and one female, power and drive over the half-mile route.  One of the main specifications for the moonbuggy is that it must be completely human powered. 

                Tennessee Tech has competed in the race since forming a Moonbuggy Team in 1999, and finished in the top 15 in the 2000 Great Moonbuggy Race.  This year, the team attempted to race in both heats of the race, but was unable to finish either one due to technical and mechanical difficulties.

                Excellent suspension, good steering, and lots of leg power were three of the key elements a buggy and its drivers had to have to make it through this year’s course in a competitive time.  TTU’s moonbuggy had all of those elements.  Unfortunately for us, the buggy also had to be composed of parts strong enough to withstand the tough course laid out by the Moonbuggy Race officials. 

While the first set of drivers, Daniel Maurer and Dana Davis, were practicing for the race, one of the hubs got stuck in fourth gear.  This was looked upon as a minor setback, but something that could be overcome, since the two drivers had separate transmission systems, and Daniel still had all of his gears.  Then, during the first heat of the moonbuggy race, a casting broke on obstacle one, causing the front right wheel to completely come off of the buggy.  This was a major setback, but the moonbuggy team worked hard in the pit area getting the buggy reassembled for the second heat.  They didn’t give up until it was ready to race again.

The second heat, which is a second chance rather than a separate race, started out better than the first heat.  Or so we thought.  The buggy got stuck on the first obstacle, and one of the drivers, Jeremy Dougal, put so much into trying to peddle his way out of the obstacle, that he bent the bar that his peddles were attached to.  This was the same bar that the top gear for a chain was connected to.  The chain would not stay on, and that meant that Jeremy had no more peddling power.  The other driver, me, little 106 pound Angie Guffey, was stuck in fourth gear.

We didn’t give up there though.  With Jeremy rolling the back wheels like a wheelchair, and me attempting to peddle in fourth, we managed to make it up a couple of hills to obstacle eleven, the crater.  When we hit the crater we switched places in hopes that Jeremy could peddle the buggy easier and faster than I could.  This also meant that he was now steering the moonbuggy.  This idea worked wonderfully, for about three minutes, until the steering bar snapped in two.  At this point, there was just no way for the buggy to go farther.  Both sets of drivers had outlasted the buggy.  It was time to load it back on the trailer and bring it home. 

This year’s moonbuggy race was a ton of fun for those of us who went.  It was also a ton of work.  The new team members that went on the trip gained a lot of knowledge that should be helpful to them in the future.  They were able to see the technological, mechanical, and engineering aspects of other buggies in action.  They were also able to see that, though unable to finish, our buggy might possibly have been one of the better designs there.  When our buggy was able to hit obstacles at a good speed, going downhill of course, we took the obstacles better than most of the buggies that participated.  If the buggy had not had those few weak spots, I have full confidence that we could have made it into the top ten or better.  Better luck next year, guys!

                The winning team was from Cornell University.  They have a $12,000 budget for the moonbuggy thanks to sponsorship from Ford Motor Co. and United Technologies.  They also have a class dedicated to the design of the moonbuggy.  For more information or pictures of the winning buggy, visit their website.  You can also check out photos from the race on the Marshall Space Flight Center’s newsroom website at http:/www1.msfc.nasa.gov/NEWSROOM/.

           SME is one of the moonbuggy teams' sponsors. We hope for a better performance next year as the funding increases.

           Written by:  Angela Guffey

Our Chapter joined Nashville Chapter's Scholarship program in 2001.