One of the best ways to meet and connect with new people is through the CCSAI Clubs Program!
Visit ccsai.ca/clubs to check out the clubs open this semester and sign up!
We are featuring ASME Centennial this issue, an exciting group of students interested in engineering.
What is your role in the club and how did you get involved?
My name is YunGi Kwon and I am currently the president of ASME Centennial.
There was a tech fair at the Hospitality Building; most of the board members who ran this club before me were there to show what kind of projects and activities they had done. I saw that thing with the drones, and 3d printers and some electromechanical designs and I decided to join because it was so interesting to me.
We have 30 people currently in this club and we are a chapter of ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers), the biggest professional association in the mechanical engineering field. If anybody joins this club, they can access what the ASME provides for us and we are an official chapter of ASME Ontario so we have a lot of communication between the other chapters at Ryerson, UOIT, and Windsor. So it’s good to join and know each other to get to know what the difference is between our curriculum and theirs.
What type of projects has the club been involved with?
Before we joined they made a fixed-wing airplane with their own design. So it was really impressive. They made a 3d printer as well and hardwire cutter for making drones and airplanes.
As I joined the club and started running this club, we have done several things; we made a 3d printed robot arm, and we have made a DIY oscilloscope, and also we are currently doing Arduino and Raspberry Pi tutorials as well for students that joined this semester.
What was the process like for you joining the club?
Joining this club has been really good and it’s good to know that people have the same interests. Not only depending on their fields like mechanical, electrical or automation students, even art or graphic design students.
It doesn’t matter for us to get together people that have the same interests in engineering, especially mechanical and electrical. Our club’s advantage is we can meet a variety of people; not only mechanical, not only automation, not only biomechanical but also we can gather all together and do certain parts together.
For example, we are doing an autonomous car project this semester. We want to make the car automatically run themselves, depending on how we simulate and code it. The mechanical students are involved in the calculations and how the robot reacts, and for electromechanical students like me and the vice president, we will know about how to integrate the hardware and software and Arduino and Raspberry Pi coding from what we learned in college, software engineering students can help us write the code. We are trying to do something together from the same level. That’s why we do the tutorials. People can learn from what has been done by our members and they can build up their own projects. We are sharing our ideas, our knowledge, our skills to make a project.
I’ve been in this club for three years now and I have met a lot of friends that come from different areas. The interesting thing is not we’re not only just college friends or club friends, we’re meeting all the time, at least twice a month, and hangout. It’s not only doing projects or social activities but we are coming here together and being a friend.
So would it be easy to join for students that don’t have a mechanical engineering background?
It doesn’t matter which background they have, as long as they have an interest in designing stuff or to make a better solution for the work. They’re always welcome to join… If you have an interest in engineering then you are welcome to join.
This interview has been edited for length and clarity.
For more information and to see some of the
amazing projects visit https://www.facebook.com/ASME.Centennial/
Or email ASME@centennialcollege.ca
ASME hosts Arduino and Raspberry Pi tutorials every Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm