At Engineering Design Day 2018, 78 percent of the teams are interdisciplinary, featuring students from several different undergraduate majors. The remaining 22 percent of the projects are specific to individual majors at the College of Engineering, such as civil engineering and chemical engineering. Out of the 100-plus projects, 69 percent are being sponsored by corporate partners and 31 percent are supported by departments or units at the University of Arizona.
2018 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 2018 include:
- 17 biomedical projects
- 25 aerospace projects
- 6 start-up sponsored projects
- 19 optical science projects
- 8 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 2018, there are 120. Projects sponsored by faculty researchers and University units have seen notable increases in recent years.
Design Day 2018 Highlights
Design Day 2018 is the culmination of a year-long effort by University of Arizona faculty, staff and 600-plus senior engineering students. Over 120 experienced industry professionals and 50-plus UA alumni will help judge the 120 projects competing for more than 24 sponsor awards and $35,000 in cash prizes.