Kevin Ahearn and David Stover, from the class of 2007, are here visiting Lehigh today. Here to speak in Packard Lab, these mechanical engineers just launched their dream start-up firm in Chile with partner Ben Kneppers from Northeastern University.
Bureo Skateboards are made out of recycled fishing nets and the process is quite sustainable. Fishermen can drop their old nets off at several different points along the Chilean shoreline. These drop points make it easy for the fishermen to recycle their nets. This recycling program keeps plastic garbage out of the ocean while providing durable and raw materials for the skateboard fabrication.
While on campus, Ahearn and Stover took time to with students, including one of our newest—Taryn Sammet, pictured above with her mom Elissa Karasin-Samet. Taryn, of Sanibel, Florida, just enrolled today— Welcome to Lehigh! We’ll see you at MOOV In this fall!
This week in the Lehigh IDEAS First Year Seminar we discussed Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut.
If you want to join the discussion, comment below! Question 1: What is the role of the arts in engineering? Question 2: Is it better to be in the center, or out on the edge? Question 3: What is progress? How does it relate to technology?
If you want to join the discussion, comment below.
Question 1: What is the future of energy? Question 2: What is the role of the media in a technological world? Question 3: How do engineers know what we know? Question 4: What is the role of judgement in engineering?
Booster-rocket stages, weather-balloon radios, batteries, shipping containers, Nike shoes, plastic bath toys, tree trunks, fishing lines—there are countless hunks of debris bobbing around in the ocean. Caught in gyres and currents, the garbage floats in patches that can spread across hundreds of miles. Plenty of oceangoing trash sinks; according toGreenpeace, about 70 percent of plastic waste winds up on the seafloor, where it can smother marine life. But that means a hefty percentage of garbage floats too.
How can we use our engineering skills to change this? These materials could easily be used for low-cost manufacturing resource. Check out what some Lehigh alums are doing with these plastics from the ocean making skateboards in Chile.
A "sneckdown" ( combination of “snow” and “neckdown” - another name for a curb expansion) uses snow formations on the street to reveal the space cars don’t use. Advocates can then use these sneckdown photos to make the case to local transportation officials that traffic calming interventions like curb bumpouts and traffic islands can be installed without any loss to car drivers.
The IDEAS (Integrated Degree in Engineering, Arts and Sciences) program at Lehigh University is an interactive approach to learning and the engineering world, combining Engineering with the Arts and Sciences. The Lehigh IDEAS blog is managed by several IDEAS students, including Vini, Ariel, Amber and Julian.
We're covering the first year seminar, our daily lives as engineering students and innovation in and around the world.
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