MSU Mechanical Engineering Students Help AgrAbilty Through Capstone Project

Michigan State University student engineers are required to complete a capstone project before leaving the world of academia and heading into the real world of work. The project is a culmination of the education, skills and creativity acquired during their student years, bringing a solution to a real world problem (see below).

MSU student engineers work on farmers' mobility issues.

One group project took on the everyday mobility issues of Michigan AgrAbility client and Clinton County Farmer, Dan Acre. The team is working to design a folding step that can be raised and lowered while seated in the tractor cab. Once designed and prototyped, the finished step could become an after-market installation that could help other farmers like Dan.

Funding for projects is typically provided by industrial sponsors. This project is hoping to build funds for the project through a group funding effort. An anonymous donor has agreed to match up to $1500 raised for future projects that will help Michigan farmers. Can you help keep projects like these a priority for MSU engineering students? Donate online at

You can also make a gift by mail at:

University Advancement Spartan Way
535 Chestnut Road, Rm. 300
East Lansing, MI  48824

Make check payable to Michigan State University and write “Appeal 16CRFPR1TRACTOR” in the note section.

Posted on Tuesday, December 1, 2015