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.
When Hannah Whetzel isn’t at the track running 5Ks, she is in the lab studying mechanical engineering.
As part of Team 18025, Whetzel is applying that mechanical engineering know-how to designing a Grasshopper Harvester for her senior capstone project.
See this project and more during Design Day 2019 on April 29.
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.
University of Arizona College of Engineering seniors work on design projects each year, and many receive job offers as a result. Four graduates worked on projects that landed them right where they wanted to be.
Using less than a third of the money it would take to buy them off the shelf, five UA undergraduates constructed two telescopes for satellite observation — one of which will live in a once-abandoned observatory.
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.
On May 1, teams of engineering students showed off the fruits from a year’s worth of work for Engineering Design Day.
One hundred and five different teams were tasked to design and/or construct prototypes and concepts of gadgets ranging from an anti-drone device to a tube that would help prevent choking in hospital patients.
They came. They presented. Out of more than 100-plus competing projects, Team 16062 won the top award for Best Overall Design for their drone-enabled Medjool date pollination system.
Members of the team say they’re now exploring the possibility of securing a patent for their project in the future.
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.
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.
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.
KVOA interviews Ara Arabyan, director of the Engineering Clinic, at Design Day 2016.
“The projects are sponsored and requested by companies,” he said. “It gives them a chance to meet employers and … get jobs when they graduate.”
Tucson News Now talks to graduating senior Alyssa Hom at Design Day 2016 about Caterpillar’s choice to move its mining division to Tucson – and what it might mean for her employment prospects.
The company sponsored Team 15052 and assisted Team 15103.
“This is the biggest event of the year,” Arabyan, director of the UA Engineering Clinic, said to the Arizona Daily Wildcat.
He said the event is a university-industry partnership—it not only provides undergraduate engineers with a real-life design experience, but also gives companies a fresh perspective from a team of graduating engineers.
“For the 500 engineering seniors competing in the 14th Engineering Design Day at the University of Arizona, the stakes are high.”
UANews invites the public to join the College of Engineering on May 3!
“If you were due for a heavy dose of ingenuity, the University of Arizona was the place to be yesterday as more than 350 Engineering students displayed and demoed the results of their year-long senior projects.”
Arizona Engineer covered this year’s Engineering Design Day!
The University of Arizona wrote a great story about EquiSight, a new helmet-mounted camera that captures the excitement of horseracing from the jockey’s perspective.
The product was developed as an interdisciplinary senior design project in 2012.