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Lauren Woodbury graduated from AME in 2014 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. She is originally from Yukon, OK and is now living in Royal Oak, Michigan. Ms. Woodbury is currently working as an entry-level engineer at Isuzu Technical Center of America and pursuing an M.S. in automotive engineering part-time at the University of Michigan.

“I really like working on cars, because I like working on things that move. I like working with parts,” said Ms. Woodbury. “While I do sit at a desk and work on engineering-related studies, I also get to go out to the garage and look at the actual cars and help with the salvation team if there is any kind of information they need from engineering, I can go see whatever it is they are working on. I also get to do field investigation with customs or dealerships.”

While at AME, she participated in the Sooner Racing team and Sooner Off Road team. As a part of these teams, Ms. Woodbury had opportunities to work with other students and participate in class, and group problems and projects.

Ms. Woodbury’s family truly influenced her decision to pursue a career in engineering:

I enjoyed watching motorsports with my dad on the weekend. I really liked visiting grandparents in KS because they owned an automotive shop where they worked on vehicles for customers and also focused on rebuilding and refurbishing classic vehicles. I got to work on vehicles from the 60s and 20s. I was able to see how different they were from the vehicles today. It seemed the assembly of the vehicle was simple, but once I started taking it apart, there are a lot more pieces than imagined and it is really not that easy.

In her spare time, she enjoys exploring and traveling around Michigan. Ms. Woodbury is a fan of the OKC Thunder and Detroit Lions. Also, she enjoys motorsports.

 

 

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The course consisted of different terrains and obstacles.

Throughout the fall semester, students taking the pre-capstone AME course, “Principles of Engineering Design” worked on a project that led up to a final performance test. The problem description is created out of a fascinating anthology of problems.

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The students prepped the robots at the starting line.

The students’ task was to design, build and test a robot that has the ability to travel through an obstacle course and end by piercing a Styrofoam board, hopefully popping the balloon housed underneath. The teams were given 2 attempts to complete both aspects of the task with an optional 5-minute break to fix their robot or make alterations.

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Chris Sanders, Pamela Duarte, Dallas Milligan, and Ian Wright choose to take time to fix their robot before their 2nd attempt at the course.

 

Each team consisted of a group of 4-5 interdisciplinary engineering students, ranging from mechanical to petroleum.

 

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According to Senior Mechanical Engineering student Ciore Taylor, the class consisted of lessons about the design and planning phases. Teams initially determined the different skills each person in the group had, then moved on to coming up with different designs, then come to conclude the design process. Students were encouraged to use their imagination when coming up with the designs of the robot.

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The winning teams were announced after each team had the opportunity to test their robots. precapstone-winners-ameprecapstone-winners-ameprecapstone-winners-ame precapstone-winners-ame

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