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. 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.
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!
They wanted to get into engineering “to build things,” and they are doing just that—taking on the challenge of building a self-powered watercraft, and engineering its stability and power, transmission, propulsion, lift, drag, buoyancy, and dynamics.More »