Redefining the Classroom

His tools of the trade, from a time long before computers

Posted: April 2nd, 2014

CERTIFIED CHIP-FREE – Joyce Mansfield of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., takes Lake Superior State University engineering students back to a time when math computations were crunched out on a slide rule and drawings formed on a drafting table with compass, templates, a parallelogram tool and Rapidograf pen. Mansfield's husband, Larry, used these tools as a draftsman with the US Army Corps of Engineers and at Kincheloe AFB after graduating in 1964 from the Sault Branch of Michigan Tech with a degree in mechanical engineering. Joyce - who mentions how much Larry enjoyed his time at the university - donated his tools to the LSSU chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers for a display in the lower level of the Center for Applied Science and Technology (CASET) building. ASME members Alex Schneider, center, and chapter president Steven Morehouse oversaw the display's creation outside of what is now the home of LSSU's School of Education, CASET rooms 101-102. Schneider is a mechanical engineering freshman from Lansing, Mich.; Morehouse is a junior ME from Lewiston, Mich. The CASET is open whenever students are in the building, usually 'til 11 p.m. on weekdays. (LSSU/John Shibley)

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CONTACTS: John Shibley, e-mail, 906-635-2314; Tom Pink, e-mail, 635-2315; Sharon Dorrity, LSSU Foundation Office, e-mail, 635-2665.