Engineering Students Present Work at National Conference

Tuesday, April 16, 2019
engineering students with posters at national conference

Four Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) students had an opportunity to present their engineering projects to academic and industry professionals at the American Society for Engineering Education Conference in Niagara, NY.

The students’ works were showcased during a poster session on April 13. Participating in the session were Lauren Wougk (Whitehouse Station), Anthony Sibaja (Bridgewater), Alec Mulder (Bridgewater), and William Cullen (Clinton). More than 100 posters were presented by students from colleges and universities throughout the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Great-Lakes regions.

The following RVCC projects were presented:

“An Interdisciplinary Engineering and Artistic Laser-Audio Tribute,” featuring work by Lauren Wougk (Whitehouse Station)

An imagination-driven, hands-on undergraduate research project combined a student’s analytical and artistic abilities to create a unique audio-visual tribute to her academic mentors. The goal of the tribute was to project the voices of five mentors, each reading a chosen poem, onto five artistically painted panels designed to creatively depict the personality of each mentor. Starting with simple laser-pointer laser-diode, the student created a circuit to superimpose an audio signal onto the laser beam, causing the light intensity to vary in time.

“Electromagnetic-Induction Based Firefly Simulators for a Real Customer,” featuring work by Anthony Sibaja (Bridgewater), Alec Mulder (Bridgewater), and Alec Zarzor (Scotch Plains)

As part of the College’s Authentic Engineering class, a team designed the simulators for Duke Farms to be used at its largest annual public event, the “Firefly Festival.” The customer requested simulators for five firefly species that faithfully mimicked the color, pattern, and timing of “flashing” of each species and were durable and safe enough to be used by all ages. A key technical requirement was that no batteries were to be used and that the simulators be made from sustainable natural materials as much as possible.

“Uniaxial Tensile Tester: A Real Product for a Real Customer,” featuring work by William Cullen (Clinton), Kyle LaPolice (East Amwell), and Matthew Christian (Basking Ridge)

Students in the Authentic Engineering class were tasked with designing, creating, troubleshooting and delivering a uniaxial tensile testing machine to a real customer. The “customer,” RVCC’s Vice President of Finance and Facilities, requested the machine as part of the capital equipment needed for a new Materials-Testing Laboratory.

Ranked by,, and as the #1 community college in New Jersey, Raritan Valley Community College has been serving as an academic and cultural center for Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for 50 years. The College has been nationally recognized for its service to the community, environmental stewardship, and commitment to diversity. It is home to a Planetarium, Science Education Institute and 3M Observatory; a 1,000-seat Theatre offering professional performances for all ages; and an Honors College for high achieving students.

The College offers more than 90 associate degrees and certificates, as well as career training, small business assistance through the Small Business Development Center, professional development, and adult and youth personal enrichment courses. RVCC is located at 118 Lamington Road in Branchburg, NJ. For further information, visit



April 16, 2019

Media contact: Donna Stolzer, 908-526-1200, ext. 8383

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