Class of 2017 presents at Design Day

Last Friday, April 28th, the Class of 2017 presented their Design Day projects. Senior Design is a capstone course and experience that connects local industry with soon-to-be graduating seniors. Throughout the College of Engineering, over 300 students participate annually in a year long course that walks them through product design with an academic mentor and sometimes an industry mentor. Students gain hands-on experience while working in a team environment.  Essential concepts such as project planning, designing, and scheduling are emphasized throughout the project.  In addition to invaluable, practical technical experience, the capstone project enables students to develop their communication skills through a visual and oral presentation before an audience of peers, faculty, and experts in industry at Design Day.

This year, six teams of MTSE seniors compiled results of six different projects. To review each project abstract, please click here. From 9:00-11:00 am, each team presented a research poster to alumni, undergraduates, graduates, professors, faculty, staff, and industry members. Senior Haley Barnes reflects, "Our project dealt with designing a self-healing mechanism for ceramics. Our specific application was a design for nuclear fuel cell cladding, but when approached by an aerospace engineer at Zodiac Aerospace to review our poster, it was really valuable to discuss with them and my team how we can possibly apply our process to aerospace applications."

At 1:00 pm, the teams compiled a year's worth of work and design in a 10 minute presentation for their audience to review. Upon finishing, each team was questioned for 10 minutes. As professors and graduate students thoroughly reviewed the work in front of them, each team was successful in defending their project. Senior Caitlin Huntley notes "it was amazing to see the culmination of our project's hard work" for the final presentations. "There are only some things that you have to learn from experience. We had difficulty with a vaccuum furnace, so my team had to get creative to make it work. I feel like its the most realistic experience we've been given on what to expect when we go into the work force. I'm so proud of what we accomplished."

Senior Avery Young is on a team that has developed a new shape memory alloy to be implemented as an actuator in deep space expandable habitat. Their product will be presented at Shape Memory and Superelastic Technologies (SMST) in late May for the CASMART Materials Challenge. "This project under Senior Design has greatly benefitted my knowledge in my field of research. I want to specialize in shape memory alloys in graduate school, so this experience has been beneficial to my career development as well," states Young. 

The Class of 2017 would like to thank each of their advisors for the help and guidance their advisors gave throughout the school year. They would also like to thank Lisa Dunlop for her help in organizing the classroom and lunch for the event.

For photos of the event, please visit our Facebook page.