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.