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Four Students Enter 2nd Tech YouTube Contest, Oct. 20, 2008

By Thomas Guengerich

SOCORRO, N.M., Oct. 20, 2008 – The second New Mexico Tech YouTube contest is under way, with four student entries posted on the Web on Tuesday, October 14.

To view all four videos, log on to www.youtube.com/user/nmtadmin.

The student whose video receives the most hits on YouTube by December 5 will win $500! Second and third place will receive prizes, too!

As of 5 p.m. Thursday, the entry by Bryce Hinderer was spreading virally and already had 1,000 page views.

The other entries include “On The Frontiers: A New Mexico Tech Adventure,” by Timothy Barnes; “Mechanical Engineering Air Cannon,” by Rick Holets; and “Storm Chase and Meteorology Club” by Seth Price.

Barnes’ submission includes an explanation of the senior mechanical design clinic project to design a new liquid-based heliostat mount, complete with elaborate CGI, footage of Socorro and Tech and a brief history of New Mexico. In his voice over, Barnes explains the operation of a heliostat array and the importance of alternative energy.

He ends his video by saying, “The heliostat project is but one of dozens of undergraduate research projects ongoing at Tech. If you’re looking for a school truly on the frontiers, New Mexico Tech is the place to be.”

Holet’s air cannon video includes footage of flying cantaloupes with a rock ‘n roll soundtrack. The video includes several shots and the search for the impact crater made by flying cantaloupe.

The Tech student chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers built the cannon last year as a project. The cannon handles up to 110 psi and shoots cantaloupes, bags of flour, full 2 liter bottles hundreds of meters.

Appearing in the video are Lucas Chavez, Brendan Geels, Matthew O'Keefe, Ben Fuller, Roushan Ghanbari and Zahra Ghanbari.

Holets closes the video with a thanks to Tech, campus police, the ASME Club “for building a sweet gun” and the mechanical engineering department “for being awesome.”

The Storm Chase video is a two-minute film of a tornado cloud that Price filmed while driving near Red Hill, Kan. Price, the president of the meteorology club at Tech, filmed a tornado touching down May 22, 2007, in field as he drove passed dozens of people standing roadside with cameras.

Hinderer’s entry is a tribute to Thomas Dolby’s “She Blinded Me With Science.” With nearly a dozen students in the video, New Mexico Tech stands in for Dolby’s “Home for Deranged Engineering Scientists.” Mason Risley portrays “Thomas Techie” in a music video very closely modeled on Dolby’s original video for the 1982 pop hit.

The song is the story of a mad scientist and includes Tech-appropriate lines like, “I can smell the chemicals.”

– NMT –