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AET’s Graduate Student Receives a Design Patent

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Morehead State University’s Department of Applied Engineering and Technology (AET) graduate student, Charles M. “Matt” Watson, of Carlisle, is one of the inventors in a recently issued United States Design patent D687.868.

The patent is issued for the design of a driver’s cab for an on-highway crane.

Watson graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Technology Management in 2012. He is pursuing a Master of Science degree in Engineering and Technology Management at MSU.

Watson and his co-inventor, LeRoy Williams, work for the Link-Belt Construction Equipment Company in Carlisle.

The patent represents the culmination of more than a year’s worth of conceptualization and preliminary design work. The intent of the design is to accommodate two people in the cab itself while travelling on the highway. In addition to the new look and design, it is intended to accommodate several functionality updates. The cab will occupy the full width of the machine and will give the crane a more modern look. New features include updated lighting which will make use of LED headlights, LED marker lights and LED daytime running lights. The cab body will consist of general purpose polyester resin and chopped strand glass fiber, which will offer exceptional strength in relation to the overall weight. This will allow the cab to be lighter, stronger and resist moisture.

Additional information is available by contacting Dr. Nilesh Joshi, MSU assistant professor of applied engineering and technology, at 606-783-2417.


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