Local BU student creates precision drawing project for ‘customers’

For Immediate Release

Date:  April 8, 2005

BLOOMSBURG— Jim Moser, chair of the department of physics and engineering technology at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, offers student in his engineering graphics and computer-aided design course a taste of the real world. He assigns projects that mix their skills in engineering and computer design to create a product.

Students choose a project submitted by companies and individuals. The class focuses only on top-priority projects for organizations with little or no funding, according to Moser.

“We want to promote civic benefits within the community. Projects that we have done for organizations like The Children’s Museum in downtown Bloomsburg and the Bloomsburg Town Police station benefit the public,” said Moser.

The class project, which is in its seventh year, enables students to plan a design with AutoCAD, a computer program used in most engineering and technology fields. This spring, students Jason Stabler, Mike Sosnoski and Antonio Robinson are planning a home in a geodesic dome for Habitat for Humanity. And, students David Boguski, Joseph Cusate and Michael Hershey are designing a scientific apparatus that performs research on electrostatics for regional companies. All the measurements necessary for the projects were provided by the company or researched and measured by the students.

The six students are:

- Boguski, a senior, electrical engineering technology major from Simpson;

- Cusate, a sophomore, history major from Hazleton;

- Hershey, a sophomore, business and computer information science major from Blue Bell;

- Robinson, a freshman from Bryn Mawr;

- Stabler, a sophomore, electrical engineering technology major from Orangeville;

- And, Sosnoski, a freshman, engineering science and physics major from Marion Heights.

At the end of the semester, the students will present their projects to the clients. Previous projects, such as a model plane and a computer display of weather phenomena, have been used in The Children’s Museum.

For more information on the precision drawing projects, contact Moser at (570) 389-4149.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students and offers 65 bachelor’s, 17 master’s and one doctoral degree.