David Crawford School of Engineering

Norwich Hosts Vermont’s Second Lego Robotics Tournament

Sixteen years ago, Segway inventor and engineer extraordinaire Dean Kamen co-founded the FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL®), a robotics tournament designed to engage teams of middle school students in solving real world problems using science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills. Today, the international program is wildly successful. While first-time …

Norwich students Join NASA competitions, internships

This summer Norwich engineering students participated in a variety of challenging NASA competitions, internships and space launches. The following is a brief roundup of their endeavors. RASC-AL Competition A team of mechanical engineering students was selected as one of fourteen finalists in the 2014 NASA/NIA Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts …

New faculty spotlight: Capt. Brian S. Bradke, PhD, USAF

Prof. Brian Bradke joins the Department of Mechanical Engineering this year as a visiting assistant professor. This fall, he is teaching Statics, an Introduction to Engineering lab and Mechanical Engineering Lab I. He holds degrees in biomedical engineering and mechanical engineering, and his research interests span both medical and engineering disciplines. …

Norwich first to print 3D Lincoln life mask

You’ve seen his two-dimensional likeness on countless photos, pennies and five-dollar bills. Now you can see what Abraham Lincoln looked like in the flesh thanks to a pioneering collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution, the Sullivan Museum and History Center and Norwich’s Mechanical Engineering Department. A new Smithsonian Affiliate, the …

Thermal degradation kinetics of nanocomposite materials

Polymers are lightweight material that can help the military achieve weight-savings on weapons systems and components. However, without a filler material, polymers have low thermal conductivity unsuitable for many military applications. By adding filler, such as carbon nanotubes or montmorillonite clay, the thermal conductivity can be improved. Dr. …

Two faculty awarded prizes at ASEE conference

Two faculty members from Norwich University’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering David Crawford School of Engineering won professional awards at the 2014 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Zone 1 Conference. Held this year on April 3–5 at the University of Bridgeport, Conn., the ASEE Zone 1 Conference convenes every …