Quincy Briggs

Mechanical Engineering Major

Hometown: Lansing, Mich.

Meet Quincy, a freshman student who plans to major in mechanical engineering. Quincy, who wants to go into the automobile industry after graduation, was able to participate in the annual Cardboard Boat Race during the 2013 Homecoming celebration at CMU.

The annual Cardboard Boat Race challenges engineering students to use only cardboard, duct tape and liquid nails to build a sustainable boat to float 300 yards across Rose Ponds. “It’s allowed me to build and design things with different people, which is basically what engineers do. Being a freshman and applying these concepts to reality in something like the Cardboard Boat Race is phenomenal. It’s really inspiring me to want to stick with my major.”

Piecing the puzzle together. “Since I was younger, I would always wonder how my toys and gadgets worked so I’d pull them apart to figure it out. I was always interested in math and understanding equations. All of that led me to the engineering field.”

Bringing the idea to life. “Mechanical engineering is about motion and how things move. Building the boat is helping me understand the basics of that. I get to design something, put it together, see how it works and use calculations to make sure it’s built correctly.”

From the classroom to the big pond. “What I learned in the Cardboard Boat Race applies directly to what I will be doing later in life when I’m designing and constructing a car. I’m learning how to calculate buoyancy, center of gravity equations and a number of other engineering concepts. It all comes together.”

CMU students building their futures

Highlights of the engineering program include:

  • CMU's annual cardboard boat race for engineering students was named one of the “102 Things You Gotta Do Before You Graduate” by Sports Illustrated on Campus
  • A $16.2 million facility featuring 30 state-of-the-art laboratories and classrooms for electronics, robotics, manufacturing systems, design and more
  • Internship opportunities with Michigan industries
  • Involved faculty members who also work closely with business and industry

To learn more about the engineering program, click here.