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By Olin College Post-Graduate Planning –  May 5, 2014
Some Oliners have the opportunity to take time off from Olin to work or travel, but senior Ben Chapman had the chance to do both. I caught up with Ben earlier this week to learn more about his incredible Leave of Absence (LOA) experience.


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By Ben Chapman
Olin College Post Graduate Planning Blog – August 17, 2011
Yesterday, I returned to Olin after spending 5-weeks doing design-for-development work in Ghana.  I was there through a program called The International Development Design Summit (IDDS) and it was an inspirational and life-changing experience.



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Core77  –  3 October 2012
Ben Chapman is a denizen of the Thingiverse, and his 3D-printed knife-sharpener is both inventive and ingenious. Obviously printed plastic won’t yield a sharpening element, so Chapman designed the thing to fit onto the bottom of a standard coffee mug.



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Make – Adam Flaherty- 16 August 2012
Pop Ben Chapman‘s 3D printed knife sharpener onto the bottom of a standard coffee mug to use the unglazed portion of the vessel to sharpen a blade.


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Whole systems thinking in design
By Dawn Danby and Jeremy Faduli
Develop3D – 15 August 2011
An even more radical refrigerator design harks back to the era of the root cellar. Olin College of Engineering undergraduate students Ben Chapman and Cory Dolphin worked with a family in Vermont to capture and store the cold of winter weather.

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By Ben Chapman – July 23, 2012
3D Printers: How You Use Them Makes All the Difference

I have been using 3D printing for several of my projects this summer and I’ve had many conversations about the interplay between 3D printing and the environment.  It’s been claimed that small-scale, distributed, 3D-printed, on-demand manufacturing will (eventually) help eliminate waste and carbon emissions.


Screen Shot 2014-05-07 at 8.24.56 PMTiconderoga High School Valedictorian Driven By Desire to Achieve
Press Republican – August 8, 2010

It’s not very often that you hear about a 17-year-old converting a car to run solely on vegetable oil.
But then again, Ben Chapman isn’t your average teenager.
What is it that makes him so different? Well, with a coveted spot at an elite engineering school in the fall and a range of other activities for the summer that has had him trekking all over America, Ben is, for lack of a better term, driven.



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I Can’t Stop Watching This Weird Bike Crash
By Mat Hardigree
Jalopnik – May 1, 2012
Maybe Olin College is just that good.


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Olin students teach environmental engineering at Mitchell School in Needham
By John Daniel Groves
Wicked Local: Needham – March 13, 2011

Mitchell Elementary School, in collaboration with Olin College’s Engineering Discovery Club, has been holding an after school class that gives children lessons in environmental science with experiments that can made with items found around the home.

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Essex Project Builds Backyard Passive Freezer
By Natalie DiBlasio
Burlington Free Press – August 16, 2010

ESSEX — The wooden building under construction in physics teacher Tom Tailer’s backyard looks like it can be anything — except for the 828 soda bottles stacked against the wall.
Tailer and his team of 10 interns are building a passive freezer that will keep food frozen year round using no purchased energy. It’s constructed out of mostly local, recycled or reused products.



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Student Travels to Taiwan for Science Competition
By Lydia Wheeler
Post Star – October 18, 2009

A Ticonderoga High School senior recently spent 10 days in the in the Republic of China competing in the 2009 International Earth Science Olympiad.
Ben Chapman turned 17 last month the same day he flew 15 hours to Taiwan for the competition, which he called an “Olympics of the mind.”
The International Geoscience Education Organization hosts the annual event, which is designed to not only spark student interest in earth science, but to enhance earth science learning and single out talented students.


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