Strong Ties: Mechanical engineering students revolutionize railroad spike removal


KENNESAW, Ga. (Sep 2, 2016) — Since the 19th century, the United States railway system has played a critical role in the mass transit of people and goods. But until four Kennesaw State University students put their minds together, the task of pulling individual rail spikes hadn't seen any 21st century innovation and remained a costly, time-consuming and often dangerous endeavor.

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A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its approximately 41,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status, and one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit