Everyone needs a helping hand now and again and the engineering students at Tennessee Tech University are there to help. For the 15th year mechanical engineering students have designed assistive technology, like an adjustable rowing bike, to help community children with special needs.
“Too often schoolwork feels like it is preparing us for tomorrow without really affecting anything today,” senior engineering student Matthew Powelson told Times-Gazette. “This project has been a great opportunity to apply the skills we have learned and do something that has an impact now.” Professor Stephen Canfield, who teaches mechanical engineering, estimates that 2,000 students have participated and created more than 250 projects.
Tennessee Tech University is undergoing major changes. Increases in student population have driven forward plan to expand the university. Among the changes are residential halls, the University Center, and parking. New buildings currently awaiting construction include a new science building, intramurals building, and adding more greenery to campus. You can check out the master plan here.