At Design Day 2019 on April 29, 72 percent of the teams were interdisciplinary, featuring students from several different undergraduate majors. The remaining 28 percent of the projects were specific to individual majors at the College of Engineering, such as civil engineering and chemical engineering. Out of the 100-plus projects, 63 percent were sponsored by corporate partners and 37 percent were supported by departments or units at the University of Arizona.
Design Day Project Highlights 2019
Throughout the year, student teams design, build and test tools and technologies for their senior capstone projects in areas ranging from aerospace to electronics to energy to medicine. The breakdown by sector for the 100-plus projects for Design Day 2019 include:
- 19 first-time sponsors
- 14 biomedical projects
- 10 aerospace projects
- 19 optical science projects
- 14 environmental/renewable energy projects
Number of Design Day Projects Over the Years
Interdisciplinary Capstone has grown significantly since its inception more than a decade ago, and Design Day gets bigger each year. In 2011, the event featured 60 student projects; in 2019, there were 118. Projects sponsored by faculty researchers and university units have seen notable increases in recent years.
Design Day 2019 Highlights
Design Day 2019 was the culmination of a year-long effort by University of Arizona faculty, staff and 600-plus senior engineering students. Over 120 experienced industry professionals, including 50-plus UA alumni, helped judge the 118 projects that competed for more than 27 sponsor awards and $36,500 in cash prizes.