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Phillip Coleman Community Manager Intern National Academy of Engineering

Who is TC?

PostedThursday, June 9, 2016 at 1:34 PM

Who am I? And more importantly, should you care? Well to answer the first question, my name is Phillip Taylor Coleman, or TC as my friends call me, and I am the community manager intern for LinkEngineering at the National Academy of Engineering.  I go to school at Andrews University in Michigan where I study mechanical engineering.  In the past year I tackled a couple of projects like the Hyperloop Competition for Space-X (which was pretty cool, and also my first major engineering project). For those who do not know, the Hyperloop is the futuristic transportation system that uses pods in a tube system that goes in excess of 700 miles per hour. I am also involved in Engineers without Borders (which I think is way cooler than the Hyperloop), and just in case I am not already overwhelmed by everything already I also work on robotics in my down time.

For the Hyperloop competition, I was the team leader for my university. This was a daunting task to say the least, because I was at the beginning of my sophomore year and everyone else was a junior- or senior who had actually had engineering experience, which I did not have. But the best the way to gain experience, is by practicing.  Eventually we came up with supplementary design that was similar to landing gear that is on an airplane. The team and I had the amazing opportunity to go to Texas A&M to present our design with some of the best engineers in the world.

Anyway, enough about me, I want to know about you. Not just because it is my job, but because I want to hear why you want to contribute to the community. I want to understand the reason why you want to implement engineering and engineering principles in preK-12 education. I want to connect you to people who can help you accomplish your goal.  To finish this blog with the original question, should you care? Well you don’t have to, but I would like you too.

Andrews University Hyperloop Team Rear Propulsion System
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  • Cary  Sneider

    Posted 1 year and 6 months ago

    I believe in engineering education for everyone because it offers a systematic set of mental tools for tackling meaning problems. By the way I chair the LinkEngineering Committee for the NAE, and I'm thrilled that you are on the team!