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Curricular collaboration puts design students in pilot’s seat


Industrial design students get hands-on access to college's aircraft fleet.
Industrial design students get hands-on access to college’s aircraft fleet.

On Tuesday evening, in a cooperative effort between the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies and the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies, students enrolled in Ergonomics and Kinesiology (BIX220) explored several aircraft at the Lumley Aviation Center. Jason P. Zielewicz teaches the course, which is a study of human factors as they relate to design. The industrial design students sat on the flight deck of Penn College’s Boeing 727 to delve into the complexity of its controls and how they correspond to the pilot’s seating position. The students also got a look at the flight deck of the school’s Dassault Falcon 20 business jet, and viewed several smaller airplanes and helicopters. They will use the knowledge gained at the aviation center to refine their design-concept assignments. At the end of the course, the students will build a full-scale design of an automobile, aircraft or spacecraft, and test it using anthropometric people.
Information and photo by Thomas D. Inman, associate professor of aviation

Comments

Ed Thompson,

Today’s modern vehicles could use these people to make the controls better, ergonomically, so you can keep your focus on the highway and not be looking for something on the dashboard to change the heat/air conditioning, radio settings or something else! What a wonderful opportunity for these students, and provided by the school, without having to go somewhere else to see these things. Just another way Penn College provides a great education experience for its students. Keep up the good work.

Thomas Ask,

Thanks for hosting our industrial design students for so many years, Tom. It is kind of Aviation to share your wonderful facilities with us.

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