Theoretical expertise meets hands-on learning as seniors prepare for real-world engineering.
A requirement for graduation, student teams take on year-long capstone projects, putting their problem-solving skills to the test and collaborating to take an idea from concept to design to prototype. On the second Thursday in May, teams present their work to an audience of industry experts, faculty advisors, students, family, and friends of the School of Engineering at the annual Senior Design Conference—a highlight of our academic year. All are welcome to come and watch the student presentations; please join us!
But how do students choose their projects? While faculty advisors have a list of projects students may choose from, some come up with their own ideas. Recently, projects focused on a surgical device to treat sleep apnea, an aerial drone system for wineries to check in on the health of their vines, improved construction techniques for a rural village in Ghana, a low cost 3D bioprinter, satellite control systems, and much, much more. There's a world...and a galaxy...of opportunity awaiting!
Breaking new ground in a nascent industry, mechanical engineering seniors are trying their hand at prototyping a 3D-printed soft robotic device for industrial use that can work side-by-side with human workers in assembly line environments.
Starting from a position of customer empathy, bioengineering seniors are collaborating with teammates from SCU’s public health science program to create a low-cost, non-invasive detection system for cervical cancer for use by women in developing countries.