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Automotive, Motor Racing, Architecture, Design, Science Unite In The Fight Against COVID-19

Industry, science, engineering and design have joined forces to help fight the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Working in teams and with modern manufacturing methods, they are collectively and rapidly designing, producing and distributing COVID-19 medical respiratory devices and face shields to help with shortages in hospitals around the world. With no time for peer review, at incredible speed epidemiologists around the world are sending each other papers, helping the medical world understand the virus and for industry to design accordingly.

The mood is akin to that of war time, when the urgency of the occasion creates a hotbed of ideas and accelerates the speed of change. During World War II, away from the front line, architects, engineers, designers, scientists made life-saving inventions from their studios and on assembly lines. Some of the ideas led to further possibilities in time of

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Science of Cycling: Aerodynamics & Wind Resistance

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Every bicyclist has to overcome wind resistance. Most recreational
bicycles in which the rider sits up have very poor aerodynamics. While newer
bicycles are being designed with better aerodynamics in mind, the human
body is simply not well designed to slice through the air. Bicycle racers
are aware of the problem of wind resistance and over the years have developed
techniques for reducing it. Bicycle designers and inventors have experimented
in developing alternative bicycle designs and HPVs (human- powered vehicles)
with an emphasis on better aerodynamic performance.

Charley “Mile-a-Minute” Murphy was an early cycling racer. His
“mile-a-minute” feat was accomplished in 1899. At that time he
traveled faster than the fastest automobile. Notice the large windscreen
on the train in front of him which greatly reduced wind resistance.
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Wind Resistance

Every cyclist who has ever pedaled into

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Who Invented the Bicycle? | Live Science

You might think that an invention as simple as the bicycle would have an uncomplicated past. But as it turns out, this highly popular invention has a history fraught with controversy and misinformation. While stories about who invented the bicycle often contradict one another, there’s one thing that’s certain — the very first bicycles were nothing like the ones you see cruising down the street today. 

The first known iterations of a wheeled, human-powered vehicle were created long before the bicycle became a practical form of transportation. In 1418, an Italian engineer, Giovanni Fontana (or de la Fontana), constructed a human-powered device consisting of four wheels and a loop of rope connected by gears, according to the International Bicycle Fund (IBF).

In 1813, about 400 years after Fontana built his wheeled contraption, a German aristocrat and inventor named Karl von Drais began work on his own version of a Laufmaschine

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Engineering & Design | College of Science & Engineering

The Engineering & Design Department office is currently closed for the safety of students, staff, and faculty.  We are working remotely and are available to answer your questions.  Please call 360.650.3380 or send an email to engd@wwu.edu.  We are available!  Thank you for your patience and understanding. 

 

The Engineering & Design Department, in the College of Science and Engineering, offers access to four Bachelor of Science degrees: Electrical Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Plastics & Composites Engineering, and Industrial Design. These programs place an emphasis on practical laboratory experiences, in addition to theoretical course work. Each program’s curriculum is designed with input from strong industrial advisory committees to prepare students for professional positions in industry. It is important to know that admissions and advising information is specific to each major and students are encouraged to become familiar with the requirements. 

Alumni

Graduates of the programs have consistently been placed in positions

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Vehicle access permit (Department of Environment and Science)

From February 2020, permits to drive or camp in the Moreton Island (Mulgumpin) Recreation Area are booked and managed through Mulgumpin Camping. Read more.

A vehicle access permit must be obtained before driving on Bribie Island, K’gari (Fraser Island), Moreton Island, Cooloola and Minjerribah recreation areas—fees apply.

All vehicles must be registered and have a valid permit. You must clearly display the details of your permit on your vehicle for inspection by authorised officers.

Bookings

Ensure you obtain your permit before entering a recreation area.

Vehicle access permit fees

Moreton Island Recreation Area

  • 1 month or less = $52.75
  • more than 1 month (up to 1 year) = $265.30

Note: Permit bookings transitioned to new service provider Mulgumpin Camping in February 2020.

Bribie Island Recreation Area

  • 1 week or less = $50.60
  • more than 1 week (up to 1 year) = $158.00

Minjerribah Recreation Area

  • 1 month or less =
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