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Students design, debut STS-115 patches

November 11, 2002 — Students shared the spotlight with Canadian Space Agency astronaut Steven MacLean as their designs for MacLean's personal mission patch and the emblem to be worn by all crew members of STS-115 were shown today at York University in Toronto, Ontario.

The team of Graham Huber, Peter Hui and Gigi Lui are third-year students in the York/Sheridan Joint Program in Design. They were selected after York alumnus MacLean approached students enrolled in a summer design course with the idea of designing both patches. The successful team's proposal was selected from student submissions.

Working closely with MacLean, the group fine-tuned their designs to meet the requirements of the Canadian Space Agency and NASA.

Vice-Chancellor Lorna Marsden said, "We are extremely proud of the efforts of these outstanding design students. It is a wonderful opportunity for these talented designers to showcase their abilities, and is testament to the quality of this unique program that students are producing professional quality work for so important a purpose. We are also grateful to Steve MacLean, one of York's most distinguished alumni, who inspired these students as he has so many others."

The York/Sheridan Joint Program in Design is a 4-year professional program offered jointly by the Department of Design in the Faculty of Fine Arts at York University and the Design Department in the School of Animation, Arts and Design at Sheridan College. Drawing on the expertise and the facilities of both schools, the program provides an education geared to real-world applications in practice.

"Beyond the obvious thrill of it, this project has given me a chance to work collaboratively in a group and to learn about the responsibilities and expectations involved when working with a significant client," noted Huber. Lui added, "It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. How many designers can say their work is going to outer space?"

"I have thoroughly enjoyed working with these students on this project," MacLean said. "Any time you are able to couple professionalism with such enthusiasm, you clearly have a recipe for success."

STS-115 is scheduled for May 23, 2003.

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