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Nanotech, just in time for the holidays at University of Nevada, Reno



What’s on your Christmas list? Solar powered music in your motorcycle helmet, an automated food dish for Fido or a high-performance ski built with nano-materials in the core and solar panels on the tops to power your electronic devices while skiing?

While shoppers won’t find them in stores, yet, these are just a few of the inventions students in the senior design mechanical engineering class have designed and built for their class project. The class, Concept of Design, integrates new ideas and materials (including nano-materials) into the inventions. Other inventions include a robot delivery system built for Amazon’s shipping plant and an innovative dirtbike carrier for a pickup truck.

The media is invited to view these inventions and talk with the student inventors and their professor.

The class is designed as part of a new Energy Efficient Systems and Dynamic Structures mechanical engineering curriculum made possible through a $200,000 grant through the National Science Foundation’s Nanotechnology Undergraduate Education in Engineering program.

WHO: Kam Leang, assistant professor in mechanical engineering and some members of his senior design class at the University of Nevada, Reno are available for interview.

WHAT: An open house for media to view a dozen innovative approaches to design using nanotechnology principles.

WHEN: 11 a.m. to noon, Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010.

WHERE: In room 2 (PE2, downstairs) of the Palmer Engineering building, southeast end of campus. See Campus Map, section H6.

PARKING: Park at the Morrill Hall lot at the south end of campus, use the Center Street entrance.

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