Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering Labs

female student working in the high bayThe High Bay area is run by the Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, MME, department and is located on the ground floor of Garland Hall. It is home to numerous mechanical and manufacturing projects including the Senior Design Project, the Baja and SAE Racing Teams, and student-faculty research.

The students who use the High Bay have the ability to work with various types of technology like the windtunnel, the vacuum forming machine to allow plastic moulds to be made, and the rapid prototyping lab area. Faculty and students can work together on various machining projects as well. Recently, research has been conducted on medical grade plastics trying to find something that could be used for hip implants that will not break down as quickly.

Student working on project in high bayMME has many opportunities for students to get involved. The Society of Automotive Engineers, SAE, has two teams at Miami, the Baja team and the Formula SAE team. Each of these teams is housed in the High Bay. SAE allows students to design and manufacture a racecar or Baja vehicle of their own design and then race them against other universities in national competitions. In addition, the MME department has also worked with Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, OH. They recently helped manufacture a small payload that they launched. 

The High Bay is also has robotic capabilities. Students can use and work with various robotic arms and other robotic machines. Some students have participated in the NASA LunaBotics Mining Competition in recent years. This is a national competition where teams build robotics that can traverse "martian" terrain and mine for elements under 10 minutes. The MME department has numerous other facilities available for student use.