Brinkman Foundation Awards $75,000 to School of Engineering

Brinkman Foundation Awards $75,000 to School of Engineering

A longtime supporter of Fairfield’s engineering programs, this latest $75,000 grant from the Earl W. and Hildagunda A. Brinkman Private Charitable Foundation will further cutting-edge faculty research, promote team projects for engineering students, and provide vital new equipment for the Mechanical Engineering Department.

Of the $75,000 award, $30,000 will be allocated for laboratory equipment used to reinforce fundamental theories taught in engineering mechanics courses. The new equipment will be integrated into hands-on statics, dynamics, and strength of materials projects.

Robotics classes will benefit from $25,000 of the grant, which will go toward funding of a new robot for two popular senior/graduate level courses, “Theory and Application of Robot Kinematics” and “Advanced Dynamics.”

The Brinkman Foundation grant will also support the research of assistant professor and Brinkman Family Professor of Micro and Nano Manufacturing Sriharsha Sundarram, PhD. Dr. Sundarram was awarded $10,000 to work with high school, undergraduate, and graduate students on interdisciplinary engineering projects that focus on the fabrication of bio-artificial organs for holistic drug testing.

The Society of Automotive Engineers’ Baja Buggy team, Stags Racing, will receive $10,000 of the grant to support the design and fabrication of a new off-road, single-seat motorsport vehicle. The team is aiming to race in a June 2019 competition in Rochester, N.Y.