Metro Tech students create an EPIC solution to a problem


Students in Stephanie Besch’s Engineering program at Metro Tech recently completed a project that will help the city’s homeless population. By agreeing to participate in the ASU Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS) program, the students were tasked with identifying a non-profit organization that they help via their engineering skills.

The students chose to work with Circle the City which is a medical outreach center for homeless people. The organization offers health services to those in need through their mobile van, a respite center, and regular medical center.

After meeting with the CEO and other organization representatives, the students decided they could help solve a safety issue for the organization. People looking for help often locked their bikes along the hand rail of the handicapped ramp while they went inside for service. Circle the City needed a bike rack.

The students presented various design ideas and continued to refine their proposal. Once a design was finalized, the students submitted a Pitch Fund Video to ASU to see if they would fund the project. Not only was it accepted, but they won a Generator Award for their pitch.

Welding teacher, Jim Slezak, generously donated his time to teach the engineering students how to weld. The students spent two weeks with Slezak creating the metal rings that encircle a metal replica of the Circle the City logo.