Undergraduate Research

Michael Duffy, Mechanical Engineering



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“It has been a great introduction to at least one aspect of a job in the field of engineering.”

"I am an undergraduate student heading into my sophomore year, majoring in mechanical engineering. This summer I am working in the Baseball Research Center under the direction of Patrick Drane. The purpose of this laboratory is to test baseball bats and balls for all levels of competition, from Little League to the Major Leagues. Baseball bats are tested for their durability and their coefficient of restitution (COR), which can generally be described as the “liveliness” of the bat. Baseballs are also tested for COR, or “liveliness”, and are dissected and tested part by part. My work includes testing metal bats for their durability, testing wooden bats for MLB and testing and dissecting the World Series baseballs. It has been a great introduction to at least one aspect of a job in the field of engineering."