USU freshman wins engineering design competition

LOGAN – A final project in an engineering class turned into more than just a good grade for Utah State University freshman Charles Roos. After turning his final into his professor, Roos also submitted it to the Siemens PLM Student Design Contest, a worldwide student design contest. His 3D rendering of an 18th century Newcomen steam engine was selected as the December 2014 winner.

“About three weeks after the class ended my professor emailed me and asked if I would submit this because they thought I had a great chance of winning,” Roos said.

Roos said he submitted his work mid-December. About a month later he received a response.

“I just received an email saying that I got a prize and that they were shipping it to the university,” he said.

Each member of Roos’ engineering class was given two months to recreate the Henry Ford-owned Newcomen steam engine using just a couple photographs provided by the professor. Roos said he took the few photographs he had and spent 40-50 hours in a USU computer lab perfecting the rendering. According to a USU press release, the Henry Ford Museum knows of no other detailed drawings of the steam engine.

“I spent most of my Thanksgiving break in the computer lab working to complete this,” Roos said.

The hard work paid off. In addition to being named winner, Roos received an iPad mini and a plaque in the mail from Siemens.

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