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Peter DeGraff <[log in to unmask]>
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Engineers Without Borders <[log in to unmask]>
Thu, 8 Nov 2007 13:39:07 -0500
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Brett -

Thanks for the background/explaination.  Your interest in working on
design makes alot more sense now.  Sounds like you've done a lot of the
tasks I mentioned already.  Looking forward to getting up to speed on
your work to date on Monday.

Peter DeGraff, P.E.
Otter Creek Engineering, Inc.
P.O. Box 712, 404 East Main Street
East Middlebury, VT  05740
(802) 382-8522 (p) (802) 382-8640 (f)
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Engineers Without Borders [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On 
> Behalf Of Brett Daniel Davis
> Sent: Thursday, November 08, 2007 1:05 PM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Another Oven Email
> 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.
> Thanks,
> Brett
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