The Art of Design

By Allison Mills

Our students build, design, create, and code what they make is both science and art.


From a satellite whale-tagging system, to a low-cost hospital ventilator, to a 793-mpg supermileage vehicle, each year Design Expo highlights our student innovators. Here are a few projects from this spring’s showcase.

Wrist Cast

3-D printed, orthopedic, geometric

Senior Design—2nd Place

Department: Biomedical Engineering
Sponsor: Materialise

Bike Pedals

Bluetooth, quick release, magnetic

Enterprise—1st Place

Team: Velovations
Sponsor: Pavlis Honors College

Healthcare Bracelet

Hand hygiene, noise, reminder

Senior Design

Department: Biomedical Engineering
Sponsor: Aspirus Keweenaw

Metal Microtubes

Extruded, friction stir-back, manufacturing

Senior Design

Department: School of Technology
Sponsors: ArcelorMittal, Michigan Tech

Mini Circuit Boards

Outreach, light-up, Husky


Team: Blue Marble Security
Sponsors: ArcelorMittal, Halla, Oshkosh, Caterpillar

Aluminum Casting

E357, silicon reduction, foundry-made


Team: Advanced Metal Works
Sponsor: Eck Industries

Combo Paddle

Kayak, canoe, portage


Team: General and Expedition Adventure Research (GEAR)
Sponsors: Pavlis Honors College, The Outdoor Adventure Program

Sleep Apnea Device

Jaw protraction, airflow, hardware

Senior Design

Department: Biomedical Engineering
Sponsor: Michigan Tech

Michigan Technological University is a public research university, home to more than 7,000 students from 54 countries. Founded in 1885, the University offers more than 120 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in science and technology, engineering, forestry, business and economics, health professions, humanities, mathematics, and social sciences. Our campus in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula overlooks the Keweenaw Waterway and is just a few miles from Lake Superior.