The project that took the top prize at Engineering Design Day 2017 was a drone designed to pollinate date palms. The College of Engineering has teamed up with the Eller College of Management’s McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship and the Yuma Center of Excellence for Desert Agriculture to help participating students create a startup to market the drone as part of the Go to Market Initiative.

The first interdisciplinary learning experience in the Go To Market initiative — recently launched by the UA College of Engineering, the McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship and the Yuma Center of Excellence for Desert Agriculture — is further development of the drone-based pollination system senior capstone project that won best overall design at Engineering Design Day 2017.

In 2017, Hermelinda Bristol partnered with six seniors Engineering Design Program seniors to adapt her non-motorized exoskeleton design that can allow her son, Jeffrey, to move and exercise his body parts independently while providing a system that helps develop a normal gait.

Art imitated life at the University of Arizona’s 15th annual Engineering Design Day. The biggest winner among the projects on display was a drone designed to do what bees do best.

The semiautonomous aerial vehicle, which was featured in a video, even sounded like a swarm of bees flying over Medjool date palm trees at a nursery in Yuma, Arizona. The team of seniors that built it won the Raytheon Award for Best Overall Design.

Design Day is the culmination of the college’s Engineering Design Program, in which teams of five or six students spend an entire academic year taking sponsors’ projects from concept to reality.

This year sponsor Hermelinda Bristol recruited UA students, including biomedical engineering major Jason Keatseangsilp, to build an unpowered exoskeleton for her son Jeffrey, a UA junior in accounting with cerebral palsy.

Engineering affects virtually every aspect of our lives, and at the University of Arizona’s Engineering Design Day on May 1, more than 500 students intend to prove it.

The public is invited to see the displays in the Student Union Memorial Center Grand Ballroom and on the UA Mall from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., and to attend the awards ceremony in the ballroom from 4 to 5:30 p.m., when industry sponsors will present more than $25,000 in cash prizes to project teams.

Students at the University of Arizona are teaming up with a former state trooper to develop a service to help people in need and the first responders who care for them during an emergency.

Vijilis is designed to coordinate resources and service providers during an emergency, to clear the scene of a crash or other emergency more quickly, in hopes of reducing the chance of a secondary crash.

Team 16040, a group of five seniors with various engineering specializations, signed on to turn the idea of Vijilis into usable software.

Engineering Design Program project sponsor CardioSpark hopes to ease the grim statistics surrounding sudden cardiac arrest by placing networked automated external defibrillators, or AEDs, in Southern Arizona neighborhoods.

And they’re using UA Engineering students to do so.

CardioSpark has solicited help from several teams of seniors “to help us flesh out the technology that is key to making our network viable and effective,” said Tom Colberg, CardioSpark’s chief executive officer.

Tucson News Now talks about the impact of Engineering Design Program projects:

Some of the people likely to be making our lives better, or easier, or safer showed off their projects on Tuesday.

It was the 14th Engineering Design Day for 500 University of Arizona engineering students.

The seniors have spent all year on several projects they hope someday will improve our quality of life.

“It’s hard to find an event that incorporates space suits, crossbows, micro-brewing and cancer biology — but the tired engineers who worked on these technical marvels are happy to share.”

The Arizona Daily Star delves deep into the diverse offerings of UA Engineering Design Day 2016.