Cummins, Inc. expands its presence at NMSU’s College of Engineering campus
NMSU’s College of Engineering has a legacy of extending its service projects into the community, and it seems that history of giving back has stayed with its alumni.
Engineering technology Assistant Professor Luke Nogales credits NMSU graduates and Cummins Inc. employees Gabe Moreno, Andres Galvan and Aaron Skinner for helping the department obtain a 6.7 liter diesel Cummins cylinder head, cam shaft, rockers and push rods to use in the classroom.
“There are a handful of NMSU graduates working at Cummins’ engine division,” he explained. “They thought it’d be a cool tool to help students learn. We want to develop the engine as a learning tool and help students develop relationships with Cummins. There are a handful of applications for it.”
Mechanical/engineering technology student Raymond Rossiter is working with Nogales and engineering technology Professor Anthony Hyde to make the engine components more accessible to students for use as a learning tool.
The first step in that direction involves constructing a stand for the engine – making it mobile and accessible to students.
“The purpose is to maximize learning capabilities,” said Rossiter, president of NMSU’s Society of Automotive Engineers. “It’s a unique prospect. We know what we want to highlight in the design so that students get multiple uses out of it.
“We’re still in the building process. We started it at the end of November and we hope to [have it complete] before the end of March. We’re getting materials and fitting everything together.”
Nogales said there are multiple benefits of the department having the engine in its possession. He hopes to implement more interactive labs in his courses in the fall 2013 semester.
“Students learn a lot from hands-on applications,” he said. “They’ve seen an engine before, but most of them have never taken one apart. They’re seeing how the machine and its mechanisms work. It’s more relatable to them; they’re making the direct connection from the curriculum to the real world.
“In addition … it helps students develop leadership and collaboration skills; that benefits not just them but future generations. And, it helps us (at the College of Engineering) strengthen our relationship with industry.
“It’s a cyclical effect. [The engine] will help a new crop of engineers have the skills employers are looking for, and it’ll help build confidence.”
The engine, estimated by Nogales to be worth approximately $5,000, is high-end, consumer-grade and found in heavy duty Dodge pickup trucks.
CumminsEngines.com describes the engine as being rated with 350 horsepower at 3013 rpm and achieves a peak torque of 800 lb-ft with the automatic transmission configuration.
The engine, Nogales added, is reflective of Cummins’ growing presence at NMSU.
“This is a perfect example of the partnerships that we are developing with industry to ensure our students are presented with real-world applications as they progress through the engineering curriculum,” said College of Engineering Assistant Dean Patricia A. Sullivan.
“Students start to understand what the business is, they see Cummins products and how they work … the company is expressing the brand without being on campus,” Nogales said.
Leaders from the company, including Vice President Ignacio Garcia and Chief Technology Officer Dr. Steve Charlton, visited NMSU on January 23.
“Steve Charlton was real nice, responsive and supportive. I enjoyed hanging out with him,” said Rossiter. “They were all very approachable, even though they come from a big corporation. The graduates were where we are just a couple of years ago, and they’re really striving to help NMSU students.”
Other students involved in designing and building the rig for the engine components include Rachel Tessier, Kyle Styer, Stefan Perez, Kevin Biel and Tyler Sims, all SAE members.
By Isabel A. Rodriguez
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