Magazine article ASEE Prism

The Wild Bunch

Magazine article ASEE Prism

The Wild Bunch

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Extraordinary engineering achievements have become almost commonplace. For truly heartstopping innovation, you may have to climb aboard one of the nation's newest roller coasters. Take the Stealth at the Great America Amusement Park in Santa Clara, California. There you are hanging upside down-arms outstretched, suspended 110 feet in the air-when suddenly you begin to fall, plunging toward the ground at a terrifying 50 miles per hour.

More and more engineering students want to be part of this exciting world. In a survey last year, engineering students named the Walt Disney Co. as their number one choice for employment. But how do they learn to develop these magnificent machines of wild flips and turns? New grads rarely have the right kind of experience starting out, but may be hired by theme parks if their computer-aided design skills are strong. However; most parks use outside contractors. Roller coaster design companies, including Arrow Dynamics, D. …

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