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School of Engineering to Purchase High-Speed Camera with $50,000 Gift from Smith & Wesson

Posted September 30, 2009


Thanks to a $50,000 gift from Springfield arms manufacturer Smith & Wesson, the Western New England College School of Engineering will purchase a high-speed camera that will greatly enhance the study of mechanical systems.

The state-of-the-art camera can capture up to 100,000 frames a second, enabling faculty and students to analyze the motion of mechanisms in such equipment as reciprocating saws, hole saws, pneumatic nailers, and handguns. “This has never been done before at our School,” said Mohammad Khosrowjerdi, a professor of mechanical engineering.

“The purchase of this camera will also help expand our cooperative work with Smith & Wesson,” he said. “We will be also able to combine the company’s camera with this new one to perform two-dimensional analyses of the slide motion and trigger mechanism of handguns.”

In addition, the generous gift will help the School better prepare its students to work for such companies as Lenox Saw, Stanley Tools, and Smith & Wesson, according to Khosrowjerdi.

According to School of Engineering Dean S. Hossein Cheraghi, Western New England College and Smith & Wesson have a long history of productive collaboration and mutual support. “For example, engineering faculty provide Smith & Wesson with consulting services—including analysis and design of different systems—and the company provides our students with internships and design project opportunities,” said Cheraghi. “Smith & Wesson is an important strategic industrial partner with the School of Engineering.”

In the past three years, Smith & Wesson has offered 11 paid internships to the School’s mechanical engineering and industrial engineering students, and has hired five of its mechanical engineering graduates.

The company also sponsors a new cross-disciplinary course at the College, Product Development and Innovation, which is taught by three instructors: Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering Robert Gettens, Professional Educator of Marketing James McKeon, and Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering Glenn Vallee. The course allows engineering students to work on product development while business students focus on creating a marketing plan.

Cheraghi points out that this type of academic-industry collaboration is vital in driving our knowledge economy.

“The School of Engineering expresses its sincere appreciation for this corporate gift from Smith & Wesson, and we are looking forward to many more years of collaborative educational opportunities with our industrial partner,” said Cheraghi.

Pictured are (L-R): Simon Muska, product engineering support supervisor and Tom Kelly, vice president of marketing, both from Smith & Wesson; Western New England College Vice President for Advancement Beverly Dwight, School of Engineering Dean S. Hossein Cheraghi; Smith & Wesson President and CEO Mike Golden and Vice President of Sales Leland Nichols; and Mohammad Khosrowjerdi, professor of mechanical engineering at the School of Engineering.


Western New England University is a private, independent, coeducational institution founded in 1919. Located on an attractive 215-acre suburban campus in Springfield, Massachusetts, Western New England University serves 3,955 students, including 2,575 full-time undergraduate students. Undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs are offered through Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Engineering, and Pharmacy, and School of Law.


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