RIT Students to Unveil Smoking Simulation Machine

Device will advance understanding of the impacts of smoking on human health




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Students at Rochester Institute of Technology will unveil a smoking simulation machine, which will be used to enhance understanding of the impacts of cigarette smoking, during the Kate Gleason College of Engineering’s senior design demonstration Feb. 22. The device, designed and constructed with the assistance of Kathleen Lamkin Kennard, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, simulates how particles inhaled with cigarette smoke build up over time and measures the impact the process can have on breathing, digestion and lung capacity.

The machine will be incorporated into particle analysis research by Risa Robinson, associate professor of mechanical engineering, and funded through the American Cancer Society. The work will help provide better evidence of the real-time effects of smoking and more properly link how particle buildup impacts numerous systems in the body. It will also shed light on how these particles can impact passive smokers, through secondhand smoke, and provide data for additional types of particle analysis, including studying the performance of inhaled medications.

The college’s senior design demonstration will also showcase a host of additional student projects created through the Multidisciplinary Senior Design program. All students in RIT’s Kate Gleason College of Engineering are required to formulate, design and construct a project in their field of study during their fifth/senior year in the program.

WHAT: Senior Design demonstration

WHO: RIT engineering Students

WHEN: 1-2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, 2008

WHERE: Design Center, fourth floor, James E. Gleason Building (Building #9), RIT Campus