Engineers Lauded for Inventiveness in Virtual University Challenge

Four senior design students offered an idea on cooling data centers in the regional event.

cooling-centers.pngFour members of Manhattan College’s mechanical/electrical engineering senior design team participated in the 2020 Virtual University Challenge, hosted by the 7x24 Exchange Metro New York chapter.

Electrical engineering majors Andrew Benz ’21 and Marvel Palatty ’21, and mechanical engineering students Dulce Ruiz ’21 and Ryan Kushakta ’21 presented an idea to cool data centers using heat pipes in order to directly cool the central processing unit (CPU) and promote the removal of heat directly away from the CPU.

The students worked under the supervision of faculty advisers Mahmoud Amin, Ph.D., associate professor of electrical engineering and Mohammad Naraghi, Ph.D., professor of mechanical engineering. 

The 7x24 Metro NY Chapter awarded $5,000 to Manhattan College, Rutgers University and Binghamton University, as well as $250 gift cards to each student. The virtual event was attended by more than 150 people across the country.