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Engineering with Management students show off their resonator guitars

May 14 2012

K.Burke + Guitar

Senior Freshman Engineering with Management student Kevin Burke was happy to show off the hard work of his group of four, as the class finished their Manufacturing Engineering Design projects. This year’s assignment was to produce a metal bodied resonator guitar, going from concept through detailed design and culminating in manufacture and the completion of a business plan which was presented to a ‘Dragons Den’ audience of ‘investors’. Kevin and fellow group members Mike McHugh, Conor Quinn and Adam McCreevy could be justifiably proud of their efforts in producing a guitar that not only looked good but also sounded pretty good as the enthusiastic foursome gave a rendition of The Bands ‘The Weight’ to an audience of former graduates of the Engineering with Management programme at a reunion event in the Parsons Building on Friday, 13th April.
Speaking on behalf of the group, Kevin outlined what he felt they’d learned as a group:
“We had some fairly robust discussions over many of the technical aspects of the project, but we were able to keep focussed on our final goal – which was to produce something that was really playable. Three of us play the guitar and we really wanted to make something that would stand up to the scrutiny of a keen and experienced guitarist. It was a lot of work, but it was really satisfying to see all the theory from the various modules put into practice. We definitely learned a lot about the process and how the little things can take a lot of time and can catch you out if you don’t plan well.”
Echoing some of the points, Module Coordinator and Director of the Engineering with Management degree programme, Assistant Professor Kevin Kelly paid tribute to the students and the staff involved.
“All the students put in a lot of effort to get to the end of the project and produce such fine guitars. It is a challenging project for a class at SF level, which requires them to integrate knowledge from many diverse areas and to apply it in a practical way. This kind of thematic learning is best international practice in Engineering Education, but it doesn’t happen without the hard work and co-operation of everyone involved. The technical staff has been excellent in supporting the activity, as have the academics and teaching assistants. It can be difficult to co-ordinate, as we have, between all the different subject areas such as materials, manufacturing, design and finance, but the rewards are there to see in the quality of the finished product and the experience that the students have gained.”

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