Nathan Vugteveen, who is studying product design and manufacturing
engineering, demonstrated use of the spear at the Ohio competition and
agreed the socket was one key to their success. "We used a
modified mop handle to meet the weight requirements," Vugteveen
said. "All three of my hits in the steel were identical. Some
teams had their handle break during that part of the competition."
Teams demonstrated their spears on a piece of 18-gauge steel, vinyl
carpet and block of wood. A technical report was required. The GVSU
team's 30-page report was called out by judges for "going above
Rock Phelps, a mechanical engineering major, said the team showed
Kipila their design and got his approval. "He said, 'You did
exactly what I told you to do,'" Phelps said.
David Pevic, who is pursuing a master's degree in mechanical
engineering, said the trial and error process and consultations with
industry partners and faculty, plus Kipila, gave the team a real-world
experience over two semesters.
"I'm interested in project management and interested in
collaboration," Pevic said. "The best engineering out there
is done through collaboration."
Phelps said they want to open the GVSU Casting Club up to all
students next year and take on other projects in addition to the next
Steel Founders’ Society of America competition. The team's faculty
advisor was Abishek Balsamy Kamaraj, assistant professor of
engineering. Students interested in joining the club can connect with
Kamaraj via email.