Welcome Letter From the Craig M. Berge Dean

Nowhere is the ingenuity and resolve of College of Engineering students more apparent than in this year’s Craig M. Berge Design Day projects.

Celebrate Craig M. Berge Design Day – Reimagined for 2020!

Design Day is one of the most memorable annual events for Wildcat engineers and the College of Engineering. Everyone involved, especially our seniors, worked tirelessly this year to keep the traditions of excellence going strong, despite the challenges arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.

For the first time ever, seniors are using video presentations to showcase their design projects.

With just weeks remaining to finish their yearlong endeavors, students on multidisciplinary teams faced unprecedented constraints. They had to figure out how to meet design objectives under conditions such as social distancing, university facilities closures and online instruction. Not only did they complete their projects on time, but they also mastered new ways to present their prototypes, designs and plans both to judges and to you.

Our students learned firsthand the importance of adaptability and perseverance, not just in engineering, but also in life. I am tremendously proud of them, and this remarkable Design Day is the story of their success.

The college remains committed to providing experiential learning opportunities for students at all levels. The Craig M. Berge Engineering Design Program – including the two-semester Interdisciplinary Capstone course and associated Design Day – ensures that all students gain meaningful, hands-on experience throughout their undergraduate years. The design journey starts with solar ovens in introductory classes and culminates on Design Day with these largely industry-sponsored projects, some of which are slated to become commercial products.

Students are eager for you to see their videos showcasing the development of seizure detection technology, a vertical farming system, and a method for 3D-printing drone parts in the field. You can also explore their plans for a lunar rover, automatic taquito roller, and driverless vehicle. Plus, see the resourceful design presentations for mine closures, water reuse, paper recycling and much more. Links to their presentations are provided with the project descriptions in this booklet.

Tune in on May 5 for the Design Day ceremony awarding $45,250 in cash prizes. Find out which teams will take home the inaugural Craig M. Berge Dean’s Award for Most Outstanding Project and the two awards for Best Overall Design. See who developed the best aerospace and biomedical systems or produced the most viable solutions for sustainable manufacturing and energy production. Discover the top cyber warriors and champions of drone safety. Let’s support our Wildcat engineers!

I am grateful to all the program mentors, prize sponsors, industry judges, and program staff who continue to make Design Day an ideal launch pad for the world’s next generation of engineers and leaders. Thank you immensely for your dedication and flexibility, now more than ever.

Please join us in recognizing the incredible accomplishments of this year’s seniors and celebrating all the good engineers do in the world.

Bear Down!

David W. Hahn
Craig M. Berge Dean, College of Engineering


P.S. We also invite you to share your thoughts  about Design Day 2020.