Design Expo 2016
Feeds and speeds, pop-and-swaps, chat 'bots and Blue-tooth Roombas—the lingo flies thick and fast along a poster-lined labyrinth of evolutionary ideas at Michigan Tech's Design Expo 2016.
The 16th of what for 13 years was known as the Undergraduate Expo as usual draws a crowd. It's the optimum view of Big Picture and nitty-gritty detail. It's a grand finale, but also a continuing story: Capstones and team work form foundations for future expansion.
John Deere sent a tractor to the Three-Point Hitch Load Measurement system team. Too bulky for the ballroom. But like so many expo exhibitors, mechanical engineering major Bethany Schaefer's articulate passion more than makes up for the absence of heavy machinery. Real-life testing was the most satisfying part of the process. "You don't get the full magnitude on the computer—it's amazing. It's like yesssss—it's working!"
No issues fitting a jaw-adjusting sleep apnea device, fetchingly displayed on a skull model, into its assigned exhibit space. Biomedical engineering major Nathan Dills wanted to work on this project because his dad has sleep apnea. They say the next steps are expanded testing and comparisons to similar devices on the market. The ultimate goal: "Seeing something we created that is comfortable for people to wear," says Emily.
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