David Olinger, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (image) Worcester Polytechnic Institute Share Print E-Mail Caption This is David Olinger, associate professor of mechanical engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, with a rig that uses a rocking arm to translate the motion of wind-powered kite into rotary motion to spin an electric generator or power a device like a water pump. With an award from the National Science Foundation, Olinger is currently exploring the use of underwater kites to generate power from currents and tidal flows. Credit Worcester Polytechnic Institute Usage Restrictions None Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.