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Engineering students’ idea is generating interest

Iron Range engineers

Minnesota State Mankato Iron Range Engineering students Matt Hudson and Eric Schaupp may have developed the next world-changing idea.

2011-09-06
By Tanner Kent, Free Press Staff Writer [published in The Free Press, Mankato, MN, 9/5/2011]

Matt Hudson and Eric Schaupp may have developed the next world-changing idea.

The pair of students are enrolled in Minnesota State Mankato's Iron Range Engineering program at Mesabi Range Community & Technical College. The program allows community college engineering students to earn four-year engineering degrees from Minnesota State Mankato while completing project-based research at a handful of Iron Range community colleges.

During the 2011 spring semester, the pair of seniors teamed up on an entrepreneurial project in which they were to identify a problem, and then design and engineer a product to solve it.

The pair of greenwise students decided immediately to target their efforts toward increasing global access to electricity. Their idea was to create a lightweight, portable generator that would run on any combustible fuel source.

Earlier this summer, they succeeded.

For the full Free Press story, see Monday's print edition or the e-edition at http://mankatofreepress.com/.

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