Engineering students build mechanism to lift professor

Hanging around—Engineering major Diana Melendez, center, raises professor Artin Davidian up with a weight and balance mechanism constructed by General Engineering 212 students outside the E7 Technology Building on May 4. CN/ Jesus Figueroa
HANGING AROUND—Engineering major Diana Melendez, center, raises professor Artin Davidian up with a weight and balance mechanism constructed by General Engineering 212 students outside the E7 Technology Building on May 4. CN/ Jesus Figueroa

By Jesus Figueroa

Engineering and technologies students lifted their instructor to the second floor with ease outside E7 technology building on May 4.

Engineering professor Artin Mejy Davidian allowed students from his General Engineering 212 class, Intro to Engineering Design, to assemble a weight and balance mechanism and lift him up to about the second floor.

Davidian was so sure that the mechanism took very little energy that he had his 5-year old daughter Natalie Davidian crank the mechanism as well.

“People used about three pounds of force to lift people up,” Davidian said.

Natalie seemed to have fun cranking the mechanism as she cranked it fast.

Davidian said that the class had to research simple machines and then present their findings.

“After that, this project becomes a group project, for the entire class,”  Davidian said. “There’s collaboration because they have to learn to collaborate together. Also, how to get calculations. They present this a couple of times and I am there questioning them, analyzing it and training them.”

Multiple tests and calculations were made by the students to determine if the weight and balance mechanism was safe and if it was going to be successful.  Although Davidian was able to give some instruction on the mechanism, it was one of the projects the students had to build as their projects.

Davidian said he was trying to make this as much a real world experience as possible. He knows that engineers design things, like elevators and stairs, and people trust that they will work as they are intended to.

The students began to assemble the mechanism on the west balcony of the E7 building around noon.

Their task was to figure out how to set everything up in a timely manner, with no help from their professor.  At about 12:30 p.m. the students from his class began to crank the mechanism and lift Davidian off the ground.

Diana Melendez, engineering major, was given the opportunity to help with the cranking so she too could experience how much little force it took to lift Davidian off the ground.

Melendez said it was fairly easy to crank the mechanism.

The students who constructed the mechanism had fun getting the chance to lift up their professor, but by the time they got Artin Davidian down, they wanted to get lifted up too.

Multiple students were given the opportunity to be lifted up by the weight and balance mechanism after Davidian was brought back down.

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