TAPPI Student Summit Engineering Competition – Part 2

It’s here! Students interested in the pulp, paper, packaging and allied industries are converging in Savannah, Georgia for the TAPPI Student Summit, including an entire bus full of SUNY-ESFers. The Summit is a great opportunity to learn about industry developments,  to interview for future positions, to see old friends and make new ones.

We are also excited to once again be organizing the Engineering Competition (Regency Ballroom on Saturday from 3-5 pm). If you were at the Summit last year you’ll remember that the Competition revolved around the work of engineer, inventor and SUNY-ESF professor emeritus Ivana Tossit. Click here to read about her distinguished career including her creation of a dimensionless number to characterize the effectiveness of engines, the Tossit Number.

Dr. Ivana Tossit (right) in the student run paper mill at the School of Forestry

Dr. Ivana Tossit (right) in the student run paper mill at the School of Forestry

And here’s your chance to gain an advantage!

The upcoming Engineering Competition will also use the Tossit Number but with a twist based on the research of Dr. Ivana Tossit’s star student, Dr. Herman Flingmeister. Flingmeister spent a considerable amount of time under Dr. Tossit’s tutelage and became fascinated with the Tossit number. He was able to study abroad while at SUNY-ESF, spending a semester at the Beijing University of Chemical Technology. It was while on exchange in China that he had his revelation on how to improve the Tossit Number. Upon his return to the USA, Flingmeister refined his revelation (over many late nights in the lab fueled by countless dinners of Chinese Take-Out) into a new dimensionless number to better characterize engines.

Herman Flingmeister and his host family eat dinner during his stay at the

Herman Flingmeister (left) and his host family during his study abroad semester at the Beijing University of Chemical Technology

Can you figure out what Flingmeister’s revelation was? Can you think of materials he might have used to work on his theory, materials that you might also be handed? Can you work it to your design advantage in the Challenge on Saturday? We’re excited to see the results!

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