ARI Project: 00-03-064 | Funding Round: Round 1 (1999-2000)  | Start Date: 02/01/2000  | Status: Completed

Mechanical Systems Design Clinic for Agriculture

ARI Member Campus: California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
Research Focus Area: Agricultural Business
Project Personnel: Director: Zohns, Mark, Bioresource & Agricultural Engineering Department, College of Agriculture, Food, and Environmental Sciences, Cal Poly State University
ARI Allocation: $43,812.00
Match Donors: $2,000.00 - Oku, Inc.
$2,000.00 - Rosa Dairies
$2,000.00 - Santa Fe Nursery, Inc.
$2,500.00 - Swanton Pacific Railroad Society
Total Funding: $52,312.00

Project Objective: To establish the Mechanical Systems Design Clinic for Agriculture. The clinic will offer students the opportunity to apply knowledge gained during their engineering education to real-world mechanical system development problems.

Project Abstract: Agricultural machine manufacturers can invest large amounts in the development of optimal equipment for processing large scale crops, such as corn and soybeans. However, the crop diversity in California precludes these same manufacturers from investing similar resources to develop optimal equipment for specialty crops grown on significantly smaller acreages. Specialized niche agribusinesses, whether producer, processor, supplier or other, may be characterized by: small scale operation; smaller production volumes; unique or unusual requirements or constraints dictated by their market niche; or special requirements necessary to achieve a value-added processing goal. The Mechanical Systems Design Clinic in the BioResource and Agricultural Engineering Department at CalPoly offers an opportunity for seniors to apply knowledge gained during their engineering education to the solution of real-world mechnical system development problems. Simultaneously, the agriculture industry will benefit from having fresh approaches taken to current challenges.

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