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TECHNOLOGY PROFESSORS BRING REALTY INTO THEIR CLASSROOMS USING COMPONENT CATALOGS AND HANDBOOKS PROVIDED FREE

 NEW HYDE PARK, N.Y., March 23 /PRNewswire/ -- The newest method of bringing practical exposure into engineering classrooms is the introduction of actual component manuals made available for use by design students.
 Professor Steve Ryan of New Hampshire Technical Institute and Professor Charles Reinholtz of Virginia Polytechnic Institute are both successfully using a series of such catalogs donated by Stock Drive Products a division of Designatronics, Inc. (AMEX: DSG), of New Hyde Park.
 Technology students are often armed with much theoretical knowledge upon graduation, and then stunned at the procedures found in the real world of design and development. According to Reinholtz, ABET, the accrediting body for engineering schools, is pushing for more practical experience in the classroom. Therefore, Reinholtz says, the use of catalogs in classes is really an "obvious step," taking technological education to the next level. Both professors are using the catalogs in conjunction with textbook problems. This nicely transitions the students from theory into reality.
 First, students learn just what an indispensable role catalogs play in the real world. Normally, students make designs of fundamental components such as bearings or gears. However, in the real world you don't design such components, you buy them. Ryan states, "the vast majority of design comes down to selecting items out of a catalog" -- a fact ignored in most engineering curriculums. Ryan adds that students need to learn they "are not going to re-invent the wheel every time."
 Students find that different catalog writers use different units and symbols. Ryan states: "This bothers students a lot more you would think. Whereas one writer uses a `b', the other one uses a `d', and you have to explain that it is common -- to expect a lack of consistency." Students discover they must first understand the nomenclature of any particular catalog before they can use it.
 The catalogs introduce students to a previously unknown resource for design. Ryan especially likes Stock Drive Products catalogs because they contain such a wide variety of components, from bearings to gearmotors. According to Ryan, they "serve as a real resource for generating ideas."
 Students have responded positively. Reinholtz reports many were amazed at the breadth of what is available. Students appreciate receiving realistic preparation for the world outside the land of textbooks and lecture halls. Seniors who took Reinholtz's course before the catalogs were introduced often come to him looking for the catalogs, recognizing the need for such experience before getting "out there."
 While everyone recognizes the need for more practical education in the classroom, finances often limit how much schools can provide. However, by using catalogs such as those donated by Stock Drive Products, Professors Ryan and Reinholtz are taking a big step in bridging the gap between theory and realty.
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 /CONTACT: Herb Arum, Stock Drive Products of Designatronics, Inc., 516-328-3300, or Steve Ryan of New Hampshire Technical Institute, 603-225-1825, or Charles Reinholtz of Virginia Technical Institute, 703-231-9100/
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