YSU Engineering Students Design Prototypes

Engineering students at Youngstown State University got the opportunity to create their own prototype design for a local steel company.

Eight first-year engineering  honor students spent the past three months creating prototype designs for Hynes Industries in Youngstown. Hynes officials requested the school’s help to come up with a fresh new use for its popular Flex-Angle Product, which was used in all of the designs.

The company has been using the bent metal product specifically for industrial usage. Gina Mancini and Sean Meditz won the competition with a desk they designed that is perfect for dorm rooms.

“We kind of came up with a design that we think could obviously help with space by being able to manipulate it where you can split it in half or keep it together,” they said.

Some of the other designs included a ladder, a shoe rack and a firewood organizer.

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