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Hi Brett. This all sounds very good. I can generally make early  
evening meetings except on Wednesdays. By the way, that committment is  
to the Design Guild (seven students with faculty mentoring from Mary  
Cox, Mike Coleman and me) at the Green House. At some point, they  
might want to attend one of our organizational or design meetings  
since their interests clearly overlap with EWB.
Glad to see the match between your project and our EWB chapter plans.  
A win win win.
Mike

Quoting Brett Daniel Davis <[log in to unmask]>:

> 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