RADIO TELESCOPE PROJECT What started as an ambitious idea from one individual has turned into a groundbreaking senior capstone project being worked on by more than a dozen York College students, several professors, and community members. Kerry Smith of the York County Astronomical Society (YCAS) paired up with Don Hake, a computer science instructor at York College, to expand his original idea and begin building. A steerable 4.5 meter radio telescope will be installed at John Rudy Park through a collaboration between York College students, the YCAS, and the York County Parks System (YCPS). Students from Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, and Computer Science have come together to achieve this tremendous goal. “Their ongoing task is to design, build, and install a totally automated, fully steerable, tracking, and web accessible radio telescope that can be used for educational outreach by anyone interested in radio astronomy,” says Smith. They are working continuously, attending lab sessions and status meetings through the summer to complete the project. Another member of the YCAS, Todd Ullery, says while he looks forward to utilizing the final product, “it is seeing the YCP students grow as engineers that is truly remarkable and rewarding.” A large part of the capstone project is giving students the opportunity to work through challenges while also dealing with the responsibilities of the real world such as working with businesses and community organizations.
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“It is seeing the YCP students grow as engineers that is truly remarkable and rewarding.” — TODD ULLERY
The unique qualities of this project are not lost on those involved. Dan Shook ’20, from Manchester, Maryland, who has been working with a team of mechanical engineers, says, “This is definitely the project to undertake for those that want to stand out.” It is so remarkable that Dr. Drew Wilkerson, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, doesn’t know how many radio telescopes are fully steerable, but he does know there are not many, especially in the hands of amateurs. Hake agrees the project is extremely valuable to the engineering and computer science students as they complete their degrees and move into their careers. He says, “From my perspective, coming from an industry background with 30 plus years of engineering project management experience, they could NOT be getting a better real-world multidisciplinary, project-based learning experience than this. They are learning that engineering is a series of failures that ultimately leads to success.” Students and other contributors of the radio telescope project presented their design at the Annual Society of Amateur Radio Astronomers (SARA) Conference in August this summer in Green Bank, West Virginia, home of the largest fully steerable radio telescope in the world. “The project is a ‘win’ for students, for YCP, YCAS, the parks, and the community,” says Ullery. — C.L.
WOMEN’S RHETORIC IN THE ANTI-SUFFRAGE MOVEMENT So often we hear that history is told by the winners, which is why I chose to pursue archival research focused on the losers. My project, Women’s Rhetoric in the Anti-Suffrage Movement, originates from the content of History of Women’s Rhetoric, a class taught by Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Composition, Emily Cope. After learning about how women’s use of rhetoric had developed over time, I found myself most interested in how rhetorical techniques had stayed the same over thousands of years. The phenomenon of history repeating itself is very familiar to me, a History and Professional Writing double major, and led me to my choice in topic. The lack of research focused on women and their contributions to history, as well as the limited information available about those who were unsuccessful throughout history, act as foundations for the project.
The preservation of traditional femininity and the use of religion remain common arguments against an increase in women’s rights. — CORRINE LONGENBACH ’20