About Rube Goldberg

ASME Rube Goldberg is an innovative mechanical design team that strives to enhance it’s members’ experiences through hands-on tactile learning, advanced construction techniques, and integration of modern technology with all the fun and camaraderie of any sporting event. Every year the National Rube Goldberg society selects a simple action to be carried out through complex mechanical processes and transfers of energy. That action can be anything from zipping a zipper to hammering in a nail, but must be accomplished within a limited volume of space with a minimum number of steps. This year’s task is to Shine a Shoe, one of the crazier final steps ASME Rube Goldberg has seen. The crazy humor behind Rube Goldberg machines comes from the use of everyday objects to set off crazy chain reactions. Teams are encouraged to think of unique themes to base their machines in, as design and aesthetics are as much a part of the creative process as mechanical devices and machines themselves.

Team Captains

Melanie is a junior in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Sustainable Engineering. She is looking to get into the consumer products sector after graduation. On campus she is involved in the after school program for kids called I2D2 which is sponsored by WIEP. She is the Vice President of the Purdue Baking Club, and this is the second year on the ASME Rube Goldberg team, but her first time co-leading it. Outside of school Melanie enjoys pretty much everything outdoors, most notably biking, kayaking, and skiing, and loves going to concerts.

Jacob Villiger is a Junior from Columbus, Indiana.  He is currently pursuing a BSME with a minor in Mathematics.  Within the field of mechanical engineering, he is particularly interested in machine design.  Jacob joined ASME in Fall 2015; this is his second year on the Rube Goldberg team and his first year as a design team lead.  Outside of ASME, Jacob enjoys playing jazz on the trumpet, building kits and models, and playing video games.

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