At Engineering Design Day 2017, 73 percent of the teams were interdisciplinary, featuring students from several different undergraduate majors. The remaining 27 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, 64 percent were sponsored by corporate partners and 36 percent were supported by departments or units at the University of Arizona.
2017 Corporate Project Highlights
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 2017 included:
- 22 biomedical projects
- 19 aerospace projects
- 9 public works projects
- 15 optical science projects
- 20 environmental projects
Number of Design Day Projects over the Years
The UA Engineering Design Program 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 2017, there were 105. Projects sponsored by faculty researchers and University units have seen notable increases in recent years.
Design Day 2017 Highlights
Design Day 2017 was the culmination of a year-long effort by University of Arizona faculty, staff and 500-plus senior engineering students. Over 120 experienced industry professionals and 50-plus UA alumni helped judge the 100-plus projects competing for more than 24 sponsor awards and more than $25,000 in cash prizes.