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AU engineering students present projects at NYSID CREATE Symposium

Four Alfred University engineering students were in Albany, N.Y. recently to present their work with Arc of Steuben at the third annual New York State Industries for the Disabled CREATE Symposium.

Caleb Lawrence, Ryan Miller, Gary Chelnis and Nate Jacob, of the Inamori School of Engineering, partnered with Arc of Steuben to improve production efficiencies at Arc’s facility in Bath, N.Y.

One group developed a 2D scanning system to track the order/print/shipping system used by Arc of Steuben. The electronic system eliminated overly complicated and sometimes conflicting paperwork.

The second group worked with Arc of Steuben facility managers to design a more efficient materials flow system at the Arc facility. Their work reduced the number of unnecessary steps in production processes managed by Arc clients.

The Alfred University students’ project received some media attention from the Albany-based television station News10. The video can be viewed at

NYSID’s annual CREATE Symposium highlights technical innovations that improve workplace conditions and efficiencies for New Yorkers with disabilities. CREATE stands for Cultivating Resources Employment with Assistive Technology.

The Alfred University Inamori School of Engineering students were mentored both by Arc of Steuben administrators and Professor Xingwu Wang.

Arc of Steuben was founded in 1964 by a group of parents advocating for the education of their children who had intellectual or developmental disabilities. The group currently provides more than 1,000 individuals in Steuben, Allegany and surrounding counties with services, including job-readiness training, community employment, residential, transportation and in-home services.