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Brett Daniel Davis <[log in to unmask]>
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Engineers Without Borders <[log in to unmask]>
Thu, 8 Nov 2007 13:05:03 -0500
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Hi again,

    So what everyone has been writing makes perfect sense. Some may
or may not know, the oven project is my senior project for engineering
management. I'd taken a few classes with Professor Baker last year,
and knew that this project was one that he wanted engineering input
on. So I approached him this year and he was excited to have help
with it. I probably should have just sent this to the whole group
from start. For the most part this semester, I've been working with
Professor Baker and some folks at Leader Evaporator (maple syrup
evaporator company in Swanton), to come up with some basic oven
improvements. However, as more time was spent with the oven, the more
variables came up, and the more I realized that this oven design
encompasses areas that are over my head. However, becuase I was
committed to doing the project, and becuase I need to have it done in
December, I've just been making due with the best of my knowledge and
those that I work with.
     The prospect of having a design team this semester is really
exciting for me, and the project. I was for the most part under the
impression that EWB was looking to begin work on designs in December,
so I figured that I'd go on with my project as usual. My thought was
that I'd have 2 or 3 ME students from EWB who would come tonight, and
my agenda was to bring them up to speed, and try to bounce ideas off
of them. But becuase there has been such a large response and
interest in doing design work now, then I would love the opportunity
to have an EWB design meeting, where experts such as Peter and Mike
could come consult, guide, etc. I would be up for setting up an EWB
meeting, but sooner rather than later. I think that I have most of
the information that Peter was mentioning, such as history of the
project, materials, so we could have this meeting any time (its often
tough to get Dan to attend extra meetings, he's usually really busy).
Would this Monday night work? We can meet while EWB does
administrative things, and have an official panela oven introduction?
     Regardless, I'll be working to put the pan design in CAD
tonight, for those who still want to show up. The pan design is not
going to change, just the oven, but drawnings need to be made for a
manual Dan is making. We can talk about what's been done, etc. Sorry
for the length of this email, just thought I'd try to let everyone
know where I'm coming from and where I'm heading. Thanks for the
input from everyone.