HAMMOND | A refrigeration and heat pump system designed by two Purdue University Calumet mechanical engineering students received the top ranking from the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers.

Designed by Tianwei Wang of Beijing, China, and Dennis Cox, of Schererville, the project was one of 24 entered by university students nationally in the 2012-13 Senior Undergraduate Project Grant Program. The ASHRAE also awarded the Purdue Calumet students $4,994 in funding support.

Wang and Cox developed the system for their senior capstone course under the direction of Professor of Mechanical Engineering George Nnanna.

“This project provided an opportunity for the students to apply engineering concepts to build a functioning refrigeration and heat pump system,” Nnanna said. “The fact that their project received the highest national ranking by ASHRAE is a testament to the quality of Purdue Calumet engineering programs.”