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Baker College of Flint Mechanical Engineering Students Win Second Place at District Competition, Advance to International Event

May 9, 2014

Baker team finishes ahead of Yale, other eastern US schools

FLINT, Mich. – Baker College of Flint mechanical engineering students earned second place in the district American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Student Design Competition at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Saturday, April 26. This win qualifies them to compete at the International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition (IMECE) in Montreal, Canada, Nov. 14-20, 2014.

The 18 collegiate teams in the competition were asked to design and build a small, unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), or drone, that would carry cargo through two gates, drop the cargo and return to the starting point. The Baker College UAV was one of only two that completed the assigned task.

The three-person Baker College team includes Eric Rix, of Mayville, Alex White, Flushing, and Kyle Knauss, Constantine. All are earning bachelor’s degrees in mechanical engineering. The team advisor is Tom Spendlove, assistant professor of engineering.

“We are extremely proud of our students’ accomplishment especially in light of the high level of competition in this event,” said Julianne T. Princinsky, Ed.D., Baker College of Flint president. “This is a wonderful learning experience for them. Their hard work and dedication to excellence also reflect positively on the outstanding instructors who are helping these students prepare for successful careers.”

Baker College competed against teams with up to 10 members from City College of New York, The College of New Jersey, Drexel University, Florida Atlantic University, Germana Community College, Hartford University, New York Institute of Technology, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rowan University, Ryerson University, Stevens Institute of Technology, Temple University, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Western New England University and Yale University.

The top two finishers, Baker College and first-place winner Germana Community College, qualified for the international competition.

IMECE is the premier global conference with engineers, academics, scientists and technologists of all disciplines in attendance. The theme for this year’s competition is engineering for global development and its positive impact around the world.

“The ASME international event will be a once-in-a-life-time experience for Eric, Alex and Kyle,” said Anca Sala, Ph.D., engineering and computer technology dean at Baker College of Flint. “It will offer additional learning opportunities and the chance to network with professionals and students from all over the world. Their success further enhances the reputation of our program. For several years, 100 percent of our engineering students have been employed upon graduation, with many choosing from opportunities with several companies.” 

The students named their UAV Perseverance 3 because this is the third year that a Baker College team competed in the district ASME event. Last year, the team built an autonomous robot able to simulate emergency tasks needed for the 2011 Japanese Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. In 2012, the challenge was to create a land relay involving four vehicles, each using a different energy source.

“These student design competitions are always tremendously difficult,” Spendlove said. “The assignment is to not just build a UAV, but to use a UAV to solve a problem. This year, the gates included in the UAV’s route symbolized debris or obstacles that a UAV would have to avoid in real life. Our students’ knowledge of the controllers, motors, propellers and everything related to the UAV is amazing. It was rewarding to see them interact with members of the other teams and, of course, qualify for the international competition.”

The students represent the Baker ASME student club and were involved in the club’s entry in the Flint Institute of Arts "Create Your Own Masterpiece" Lego® Competition that received the People’s Choice Award this year.

The Baker College Bachelor’s of Science program in mechanical engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. It is one of four bachelor’s degrees offered in engineering. The others are electrical engineering, civil engineering and industrial engineering. A mechanical technology associate degree program is also offered.

For information about the Baker College of Flint engineering programs, contact Jodi Cuneaz in the admissions office at 810.766.4000 or jodi.cuneaz@baker.edu.

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Baker College of Flint Mechanical Engineering Students Win Second Place at District Competition, Advance to International Event

May 9, 2014

Baker team finishes ahead of Yale, other eastern US schools

FLINT, Mich. – Baker College of Flint mechanical engineering students earned second place in the district American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Student Design Competition at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Saturday, April 26. This win qualifies them to compete at the International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition (IMECE) in Montreal, Canada, Nov. 14-20, 2014.

The 18 collegiate teams in the competition were asked to design and build a small, unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), or drone, that would carry cargo through two gates, drop the cargo and return to the starting point. The Baker College UAV was one of only two that completed the assigned task.

The three-person Baker College team includes Eric Rix, of Mayville, Alex White, Flushing, and Kyle Knauss, Constantine. All are earning bachelor’s degrees in mechanical engineering. The team advisor is Tom Spendlove, assistant professor of engineering.

“We are extremely proud of our students’ accomplishment especially in light of the high level of competition in this event,” said Julianne T. Princinsky, Ed.D., Baker College of Flint president. “This is a wonderful learning experience for them. Their hard work and dedication to excellence also reflect positively on the outstanding instructors who are helping these students prepare for successful careers.”

Baker College competed against teams with up to 10 members from City College of New York, The College of New Jersey, Drexel University, Florida Atlantic University, Germana Community College, Hartford University, New York Institute of Technology, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rowan University, Ryerson University, Stevens Institute of Technology, Temple University, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Western New England University and Yale University.

The top two finishers, Baker College and first-place winner Germana Community College, qualified for the international competition.

IMECE is the premier global conference with engineers, academics, scientists and technologists of all disciplines in attendance. The theme for this year’s competition is engineering for global development and its positive impact around the world.

“The ASME international event will be a once-in-a-life-time experience for Eric, Alex and Kyle,” said Anca Sala, Ph.D., engineering and computer technology dean at Baker College of Flint. “It will offer additional learning opportunities and the chance to network with professionals and students from all over the world. Their success further enhances the reputation of our program. For several years, 100 percent of our engineering students have been employed upon graduation, with many choosing from opportunities with several companies.” 

The students named their UAV Perseverance 3 because this is the third year that a Baker College team competed in the district ASME event. Last year, the team built an autonomous robot able to simulate emergency tasks needed for the 2011 Japanese Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. In 2012, the challenge was to create a land relay involving four vehicles, each using a different energy source.

“These student design competitions are always tremendously difficult,” Spendlove said. “The assignment is to not just build a UAV, but to use a UAV to solve a problem. This year, the gates included in the UAV’s route symbolized debris or obstacles that a UAV would have to avoid in real life. Our students’ knowledge of the controllers, motors, propellers and everything related to the UAV is amazing. It was rewarding to see them interact with members of the other teams and, of course, qualify for the international competition.”

The students represent the Baker ASME student club and were involved in the club’s entry in the Flint Institute of Arts "Create Your Own Masterpiece" Lego® Competition that received the People’s Choice Award this year.

The Baker College Bachelor’s of Science program in mechanical engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. It is one of four bachelor’s degrees offered in engineering. The others are electrical engineering, civil engineering and industrial engineering. A mechanical technology associate degree program is also offered.

For information about the Baker College of Flint engineering programs, contact Jodi Cuneaz in the admissions office at 810.766.4000 or jodi.cuneaz@baker.edu.

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    To access your transcripts, log into the SOLAR System, select the Star System and select the Academic Office. Once there, click on the transcripts link.

  • Is Baker accredited?

    Yes. Baker College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org.

    Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Additional Accreditations

    Baker has also earned specialized accreditations for programs and degrees in: 

    • Business Administration
    • Early Childhood Learning
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • School of Nursing

    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages. 

  • Does Baker provide any help in my job search?


    As a graduate of Baker College, you are eligible for our Lifetime Employment Services, which include:

    • Job searching techniques
    • Resume and cover letter assistance
    • Job interview questions
    • Job postings
    • Relocation tips

     

  • Is Baker College Online accredited?

    Baker Online is part of Baker College, a private, non-profit, accredited, degree granting, higher educational institution with locations throughout Michigan.

    As an accredited college, Baker College has been granted legal authority by the state of Michigan to operate as a nonprofit educational corporation and is empowered to grant certificates, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. It is approved for veterans’ benefits. Baker College is recognized as an institution of higher education by the U.S. Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education.

    All Baker Online undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org

    Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Some Baker Online graduate programs have additional accreditation:

  • How do online classes work?


    After you enroll, and are accepted to your online program, you sign-up, or "register" for your first courses. Like all Baker Online students, you will begin your online experience with a three-week online class designed to orient you to the Baker Online classroom, and review the expectations and requirements of Baker Online students. When you have completed this course successfully, you can move on to additional online courses.

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