Seniors Shine at Engineering Design Day

    Date Posted: 
    Thursday, May 2, 2013

    OSC's undergraduate Class of 2013 is a talented bunch, and the performance of their senior capstones at the April 30 Engineering Design Day certainly proved it. These capstones, which are hands-on interdisciplinary projects required of all seniors in the UA College of Engineering, bring together aerospace engineers and mechanical engineers, optical engineers and biomedical engineers and systems engineers — students from an array of different disciplines — together to solve real-world problems provided by industry sponsors. Every year, near the end of the spring semester, Engineering Design Day gives them a chance to show off.

    This year's first-prize, Best Overall Design-winning team built a remote-control swimming fish complete with sensor control and HD video. A representative from their sponsor company, MediaMation Inc., called them "incredible." The college's own Hannah Grant (our 2013 Outstanding Undergraduate Student) and Mohamed Khairy were pivotal to the group's success.

    The winners of the second-place Best Overall Design included Ivan McCrea, Johnathan Davis, Leah Childers and Lajos Pelikan in a spectacular showing by the B.S. in OSE crowd. Their project, sponsored by Industrial Affiliates member MIT Lincoln Laboratory, produced a portable thermal optical test chamber for aerospace technologies.

    To read more about the details of Engineering Design Day and to see a slideshow of images, check out the excellent College of Engineering write-up. Another short piece by the College of Engineering gives you a peek into the preparation process and provides some photos from last year's event. A full list of the 2012-2013 projects is also available.

    Congratulations not only to these prizewinners, but to all of the college's seniors, for their hard work: capstones, coursework, labs, exams and problem sets. What you've done is far from easy, and each and every one of you is to be commended.