Engineering students create special plaques for Memorial ’70 ceremony

Utilizing the Innovation Hub in the John Bardo Center, College of Engineering students created approximately 70 plaques for the Memorial ’70 ceremony held Oct. 2 at the memorial site on campus. The annual ceremony of remembrance occurs every year to honor WSU football players, administrators and supporters who died in the plane crash Oct. 2, 1970.

At this year’s ceremony, attendees such as survivors and loved ones of the former football players, were gifted with the plaques. The plaques are composed of salvaged aluminum seating from the east side of Cessna Stadium, the same stadium where the WSU football team practiced and played from the 1940s until the 1980s, as well as stained oak wood. Within a few days, the students participated in prototyping, testing and producing 140 parts and laser etching approximately 70 aluminum plaques.