Murphy Profile Mark Fischer Studies Corrosion in Automobile…

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Murphy Profile: Mark Studies Corrosion in Automobile

Mark Fischer caught the bug early. As a kid he played with and K’Nex, and at 16 he bought an old race car — a Triumph Spitfire — and spent the of his high school years its systems and cruising the red car around the area.

“I wouldn’t call it a form of transportation,” he laughs. it’s a lot of fun.”

When it time to go to college, Fischer he wanted to go to an engineering school, but he to study subjects beyond as well.

“I had a great visit to Northwestern, and I the culture a lot,” he said. “It like a nice mix of engineering and disciplines – it offers you both the of engineering and the breadth of design

Fischer began working on problems his freshman year in the Design and Communication course, he, along with other Scholars, worked on a unique project. Fischer and other traveled to Florida with Olson, Walter P. Murphy of Materials Science and Engineering, to the Collier Collection of classic owned by Miles Collier. The had a 1929 Mercedes Benz with an internal engine that had corroded and leaked the engine. Mechanics had recast the but they wanted to repair the in order to keep the car original.

So Fischer and his EDC classmates used a electron microscope (SEM) to the make-up of the part (a magnesium as it turned out.) They tried to find new ways of welding to the difficult material.

Fischer also began on another automobile problem — a rare 1925 touring that was found at the bottom of a in Switzerland. Legend has it that the drove the car to Switzerland from but couldn’t pay the import taxes, so pushed it into Lake It was raised in 2009 and bought by the Automotive Museum in California. in a shimmering blue-green patina, the intact car is nevertheless still


“We’re trying to halt its through time,” Fischer “It has both organic and inorganic and strategies you’d use to stop in inorganic materials can damage materials. We have to find a which is difficult and expensive.”

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and his classmates even flew to to see the Bugatti, which he describes as

“I feel no emotion to my problem from class,” he says. with something like the when you interact with it for a time, you develop an emotional That’s the intrinsic motivation.”

Now a sophomore majoring in mechanical Fischer’s projects are expanding entrepreneurship: He helped create an online marketplace for Northwestern to buy and sell textbooks to each Fischer helped design and the site and now manages the online

“It’s been an exciting to grow something out of nothing,” he

Fischer’s tenacity was recognized he was asked to make a presentation on the Institute to the McCormick Advisory

“In the audience were several people, and afterwards I got to spend with them,” he said. program really lets you much more closely faculty and members of industry. really a great way of making with people.”

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