'Our goal was to achieve a fuel economy between 700 and 1,000 miles per gallon.'
- J.T. Danko ('10) on for materials since we are basically out of money," danko explains. some materials were donated by friends and teachers; the clear plastic needed for the windshield was found in a friend's basement, and some of the scrap metal was dug out of the dumpster behind the lab. Looking over the nuts and bolts of this cool vehicle it might be easy to forget the amount of academic work that went into making it all possible. That is, unless you attended danko, Yeh and Roy's presentation at the integrated science and Technology senior symposium in april. on the day of this annual symposium, all isaT classes are cancelled and students, parents, professors, visiting academics and employers gather to hear the presentations given by these aspiring young engineers and technicians. Key to danko, Yeh and Roy's thesis, as made evident in the abstract, was the team's goal to put its project in the context of current concerns over climate change and global oil depletion. danko's introduction highlighted the need for alternatives to traditional automobile transportation in a world that may be facing an "oil life" of about 25 to 35 years. The supermileage vehicle and experiments with fuel-injection rosenberg PhotograP h by dan g orin ('11) systems is the team's contribution to a global concern about finding ways of extending the time remaining before oil depletion. "our goal was to achieve a fuel economy between 700 and 1,000 miles per gallon," says danko. "We were actually testing the car up until 10 p.m. the night before the presentation to get some fuel efficiency values. We did circles around Purcell Park and some JMU parking lots, and we were thinking about running it up and down the halls for a flat surface. Luckily it didn't come to that." danko came to JMU via stillwater, n.J., where he was a threesport high-school student-athlete. He still gets his athletic fixes from snowboarding at nearby Massanutten and participating in intramural sports. His roommate is an avid fly fisherman, and with national parks nearby the local environment is quite agreeable to danko. "i came from a community a lot like Harrisonburg," he says. "it was a comfortable place to come." danko entered the JMU team's vehicle in the 2010 society of automotive engineer's supermileage competition in July in ann arbor, Mich. it was one of dozens of vehicles from universities all over the country. With sponsorships from the likes of shell and Mobile, some schools boasted budgets in the $8,000 to $14,000 range. The JMU vehicle was constructed from a $500 budget, and danko takes particular pride in this reality. Besides that, only one vehicle in ann arbor sported a purple reclined seat emblazoned with the image of the duke dog. Read more at http://students.sae.org/competitions/supermileage/results/. M Rachel Rosenberg ('10)
Student Ambassador and 'typical Duke'
BY COLLEEN DIxON When Rachel Rosenberg ('10) visited JMu as a highschool student she had already been accepted at the university of Maryland but was considering other options. as a native of Rockville, Md., she thought that uM might be a little too close to home. the JMu atmosphere was just what Rosenberg was looking for. the campus location, the aesthetics of the buildings and layout, the smaller student population and the attitude of current students were all positive. Members of the psychology department answered many of Rosenberg's questions about the undergraduate program. "i loved the feeling i got at JMu," she says. Rosenberg loved JMu so much, she liked sharing the Madison experience with prospective students as a Student ambassador. "Professors aren't just here to fulfill research or just to instruct," she says. "they are here for students, and they make you feel that way." during her sophomore year, one of her psychology professors invited Student Ambassador Rachel Rosenberg ('10) talks to prospective students about all JMU has to offer. her to share Jewish holidays with his family. the kindness of including a student in a family celebration seems to prove her point. "i love sharing that story," she says. "it demonstrates the quality of our professors." Rosenberg was also involved in Hillel, a campus group that sponsors cultural, religious and social events based on Jewish traditions. She served as secretary, social programming chair and president, and she juggled all those responsibilities with academics and social events. "there's no trick formula" to managing multiple activities, Rosenberg says. "Priorities are classes, homework and visits to professors. they come before any social events." Rosenberg describes herself as a typical duke despite all her extracurricular activities. "Students love to get involved, to be part of something meaningful. the number of clubs doesn't matter, just the intent of doing something to make a difference." Psychology professor arnie Kahn says, "Rachel is the most positive student i ever taught. She is open, nonjudgmental and would stop at nothing to achieve goals to benefit her class or her group." as a Student ambassador, Rosenberg enjoyed talking about campus diversity. "JMu students get to meet people from all walks of life. diversity is not just skin color, it's a person's background. that shapes more of my experience, who i am, what i know. the part of the country or world that students are from and their religion, race, upbringing and high-school experience are some of the things that contribute to the diversity of JMu's community." the psychology major chose an exceptional education minor because she wants to work with special needs children. after seeing how psychology and special education are related, "i thought it would be a good fit for my interests to do both," she says. "even though i know i don't want to be in a school setting, it's still a great fit. there is more than academics involved in a school with special needs students." Rosenberg will pursue a master's in clinical social work at Catholic university or Maryland. "i want to work with families of children with special needs - the structure of the house, the way they live - to help children be successful," she says. M F a LL 2010 41