This spring finds the graduate students working to develop new product innovations with a team from the Federal-Mogul Corporation. Design investigations are centered around Federal-Mogul’s Quiet Shield GRN noise-suppression material. Made primarily with recycled materials, the product is currently used as acoustic shielding for construction vehicles & equipment, agricultural machinery and off-road vehicles.
A recent meeting at the company’s Technical Research and Development Center in nearby Exton, PA helped the students better understand the challenges that the company currently faces and the opportunities provided by this groundbreaking new material. Product offering requirements were outlined and the teams were tasked with developing solutions that are both innovative and commercially viable. It’s a great opportunity for practical learning as the accelerated timeframe and focused deliverables directly reflect the conditions faced by designers in today’s marketplace. In May, the students will submit a range of design solutions as well as a comprehensive business case that addresses Federal-Mogul’s challenge. We’re looking forward to a great semester of collaboration and design.