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Interns Help Produce Rocket Fuel, Recount at Seminar Thursday

Published: September 23, 2008 | Category: Academics

Southern Utah University’s math department will present the first Center for Applied Research and Advanced Technologies (CARAT) Seminar of the fall semester this Thursday, September 25, at 4 p.m. in the room 113 of the Engineering and Technology Building. The seminar will feature Pete Cash from the American Pacific Corporations (WECCO).

Cash will speak about the analysis of anode lifetimes for WECCO, a local company that manufactures ammonium perchlorate, a chemical used in the production of solid rocket fuel.

This presentation will also serve as a review of the two-year collaboration between WECCO and SUU’s mathematics students, who, for the past two summers, have worked as interns at WECCO. These students helped investigate various factors impacting the production of ammonium perchlorate, and thus, rocket fuel.

The seminar is free and open to the public.

This is the first seminar in a lecture series through SUU’s College of Integrated Engineering and Technology (CIET). Every month throughout the school year, discussions are presented on topics related to potential joint projects between CIET and industry organizations.

CIET helps direct CARAT, a resource center for Southern Utah’s small and medium computing, engineering and manufacturing businesses. The center relies heavily upon the expertise of SUU’s faculty and students to assist these regional businesses in developing and implementing innovative technologies. In turn, SUU’s students have increased opportunities to engage in real life applied research.

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