The Mechanical Engineering Department of the WMSU College of Engineering and Technology showcased the innovative projects of their students through an exhibit dubbed as the MEEXPO: “M.E. Projects for the community and beyond.”
Mayor, Hon. Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar and WMSU President, Dr. Milabel Enriquez-Ho attended the fair and examined together all of the projects featured in a gallery set at the CET grounds.
With the Mayor and WMSU President were some WMSU officials including Vice President for Planning Administration and Finance, Dr. Ederlinda M. Fernandez, Vice President for Research, Extension Services and External Linkages, Dr. Roberto B. Torres and Student Regent Hon. Antonio P. Salcedo who took part in the ribbon-cutting that formally marked the exhibit open on Friday, February 20.
The projects were originally conceptualized and constructed by the ME students. Among the featured prototypes were: a rotary kiln dryer—an industrial dryer made up of a large rotating cylindrical tube that is employed to decrease or minimize the liquid content of the material it is handling by bringing it into direct contact with heated gas; an undershot water wheel prototype that converts the energy of free flowing water into useful forms of power; a manual soap noodle extruder that is designed to refine and homogenize the mixture of soap noodle ingredients and extrudes them into soap noodles; an affordable wind vane made of stainless steel that provides firsthand knowledge of wind direction which can be of help to farmers; a manual drive “tamban” fish scaler that is designed with a perforated cylinder drum that rotates to scale fish; a solid waste compactor prototype made of two empty gas tanks that manually compacts solid waste materials—useful for minimizing the waste problem in the community; a portable ice cube maker designed with cheaper materials compared with costly ice cube machines sold in the market; a plastic pipe extruder that employs heat in recycling plastic waste into pipes as a way of resolving the challenges of the world’s energy and resources.
Other prototypes that were part of the exhibit were the micro hydro power plant, mechanical fan, hard hat system, air conditioned dressing room, mechanical paper shredder, wind tunnel and steam wheel.
The first ever M.E. Expo was spearheaded by the Mechanical Engineering department through its head, Engr. RJ Electron Y. Tabacug and the College of Engineering and Technology Dean, Dr. Roberto M. Sala.
The exposition served as a venue for feedback on the present and future M.E. prototype research projects that would benefit not only the department, the college and the university, but as well as the stakeholders.
(Mandy Dalugdug – PAO, WMSU)