Wilkes University Engineering Professor Edward Bednarz Receives Fourth Patent

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WILKES-BARRE, PA (02/26/2018) Edward T. Bednarz III, Wilkes University assistant professor of mechanical engineering, was awarded a patent for his invention titled, "System for Identifying the Magnitude and Position of a Load within a Weight Area of a Beam."

Bednarz developed a methodology to determine the magnitude and locations of loads on a simply supported beam using strain gages. A practical application of the invention would be to turn a bridge into a living scale when vehicles were crossing. The invention, known as a force transducer, is based on research conducted for his doctoral dissertation. The research was first developed in conjunction with work Bednarz was doing with U.S. Army.

"I am truly blessed to be in an exciting profession where I could innovate and discover new things," Bendarz said. "As a professor I hope to encourage and inspire the next generation of great inventors to change the world."

This is the fourth patent Bednarz has received. He also has received patents for a design for an adjustable wheelchair, a radar antenna safety brace and a deflection plate on a mobile dynamometer.

About Wilkes University:

Wilkes University is an independent institution of higher education dedicated to academic and intellectual excellence through mentoring in the liberal arts, sciences and professional programs. Founded in 1933, the university is on a mission to create one of the great small universities, offering all of the programs, activities and opportunities of a large, research university in the intimate, caring and mentoring environment of a small, liberal arts college, at a cost that is increasingly competitive with public universities. The Economist named Wilkes 25th in the nation for the value of its education for graduates. In addition to 43 bachelor's degree programs, Wilkes offers 25 master's degree programs and five doctoral/terminal degree programs, including the doctor of philosophy in nursing, doctor of nursing practice, doctor of education, doctor of pharmacy, and master of fine arts in creative writing. Learn more at www.wilkes.edu.