Undergraduate Expo Showcases Student Work
Hundreds of students will show off their work--which entails hands-on, discovery-based learning--at the 11th annual Undergraduate Expo from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday, April 12, in the Memorial Union Ballroom.
The students comprise 52 Senior Design teams and 25 Enterprise teams--all supported by more than 175 sponsors, mostly from industry.
"The Expo gives the students the opportunity to showcase their hard work, creativity and innovation," says Mary Raber, who oversees Enterprise.
"The students," adds Leonard Bohmann, associate dean of the College of Engineering, "create new things, solve global problems and make lives better--that's what engineers do."
In Senior Design, students explore and solve real industry challenges throughout their senior year--from ideation to realization. Projects range from a prosthetic knee joint to a solar-powered patio umbrella.
In the Enterprise Program, teams of first- through fourth-year students from diverse disciplines operate much like real companies to develop products, services and solutions. Projects include a hybrid electric vehicle, alternative fuels and efforts to lower the carbon footprint on campus.
In all, says Bohmann, the Expo "is a great way to recognize student accomplishments and build excitement. It also serves as a model for younger students."
Student teams will compete for awards. The Expo, which is free and open to the public, is a combined effort of the College of Engineering and the Institute for Leadership and Innovation.