Museum time for the Lessard team

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Musical instruments created by students Steven Phillips and Ajith Damodaran, under the supervision of Prof Larry Lessard, were displayed at the Design Museum in Ghent, Belgium, during the month of April 2015. An exhibition called “Kunststof Natuurlijk,” or “Synthetic by Nature,” showcased 50 objects made from flax, hemp, bamboo and other biocomposites. Natural fiber composites are gaining interest in engineering design, and this exhibit featured the state-of-the-art and future possibilities for these materials. The Lessard team contributed a flax-fiber ukulele designed by Phillips and a flax-hybrid Chenda drum designed by Damodaran. Also included in the exhibit were furniture, car parts, a motorcycle, bicycles, skis and other sports equipment.