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A First-Year Engineering Service Learning Project That Impacts Global Food Security

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2021 First-Year Engineering Experience

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Virtual

Publication Date

August 9, 2021

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August 9, 2021

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August 21, 2021

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Diversity

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8

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Adam Joseph Malecki Gannon University

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Alexa L. E. Littman

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Elisabeth Patricia McAllister Gannon University

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Enrolled in the Mechanical Engineering program at Gannon University in Erie, PA.

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Ethan Michael Regal Gannon University

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Third year engineering student pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.

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Masen Andrew Collins

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Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio. Currently enrolled at Gannon University in the Mechanical Engineering program.

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Robert Michael P.E. Gannon University

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Robert J. Michael, Ph.D., P.E., Associate Professor in the Mechanical Department at Gannon University, obtained his B.S.M.E. degree from Akron University where he graduated summa cum laude, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Case Western Reserve University. He joined the faculty at Gannon University in the Fall of 2013 as an assistant professor in the Mechanical Engineering department. Prior to his employment at Gannon, Dr. Michael spent several years in industry where he worked as an industrial product designer and aerospace product designer for LORD Corporation and as general manager for National Tool and Equipment.
• Courses taught include finite element analysis, material science, statics, strength of materials, materials lab, machine design, product design, production design, plastic design and FE analysis, manufacturing and engineering graphics.
• Research interests include design and optimization of elastomer components, elastomeric fatigue properties, hyperelastic modeling of elastomers, failure analysis of elastomeric components, seismic analysis of storage racks, experimental testing and characterization of materials and general machine design.
• Engineering Consultant provide consulting services to local industry. Services include: elastomeric product design and analysis, machine design, finite element analysis, solid modeling, vibration analysis and diagnostic testing.
Dr. Michael holds several patents and has several patents pending primarily in the area of noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) type isolation products. He has published extensively in this area as well. He is a licensed professional engineer in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

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David Gee Gannon University

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Faculty Advisor, ASME Student Chapter

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Abstract

Abstract – In response to a joint UN/IEEE Humanitarian Technology Challenge Sustainable Development Goal to achieve food security, first-year students were tasked to design and build a solar-powered food dehydrator that could be built on-location with minimal resources other than the primary building materials. Engineering materials and construction techniques not anticipated to be native to the region were excluded from the design. The project was targeted for implementation in regions of emerging development with unstable food supply and simultaneously lacking infrastructure; including access to electrical power. In practice, using a food dehydrator makes it possible to extend through summer (and potentially into fall and winter) the period for which fresh foods can be safely prepared and stored for consumption at a later time when sources of food are more scarce. The current design includes an externally attached box-like structure designed to warm environmental air and funnel it into the main drying chamber. The drying chamber is topped with a raised roof which contains a vent in order to allow moist air out of the dehydrating chamber. Air circulation in both the dehydrator chamber and the warm air funnel attachment is via natural convection. A previous alternative design was tested and found to have achieved the targeted temperature goals. The current design will be tested once satisfactory summer temperatures have returned to the northeastern United States. The main goal of the new design –in addition to maintaining simple construction techniques– was to generate higher internal drying temperatures over a longer sustained period of the day. This would allow the dehydrator to process more food than the earlier design.

Malecki, A. J., & Littman, A. L. E., & McAllister, E. P., & Regal, E. M., & Collins, M. A., & Michael, R., & Gee, D. (2021, August), A First-Year Engineering Service Learning Project That Impacts Global Food Security Paper presented at 2021 First-Year Engineering Experience, Virtual . https://peer.asee.org/38362

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