Students Create the Future at Design Expo

By Kim Geiger | Published

Undergraduates will be presenting senior design projects and Enterprise Program projects at the Design Expo on Thursday, April 13.

What do a portable modular skatepark, a venting channel guidebook, a near-shore water rescue device, and an electric bicycle have in common? They're all student projects on display at the17th annual Design Expo at Michigan Technological University.

At Design Expo, you’ll have a chance to explore the breadth and depth of undergraduate project work with more than 1,000 students from Michigan Tech’s Enterprise and senior design programs participating. More than 100 projects will be on display, from removing infectious biofilms to powering Mont Ripley with a wind turbine, and everything in between.

Projects and posters will be on display throughout the day, which will be judged by a  panel of corporate representatives and university faculty and staff. Many of the projects are sponsored by industry. Design Expo event sponsors include ITC Holdings, Black & Veatch, American Transmission Co, Code Blue, Kimberly-Clark, Miller Electric, as well as Michigan Tech Career Services, Office of Innovation and Commercialization, and the Innovation Center for Entrepreneurship.

Michigan Tech’s innovative Enterprise program is open to all majors and facilitates interdisciplinary learning, leadership development, and team-based project work. Diverse teams of first-year through graduate-level students develop products, processes, and services within their market space, with multiyear participation.

Senior Design challenges teams of highly dedicated senior-level students to explore and address real-world design challenges in their final year. The program connects students and industry sponsors through open-ended projects where teams follow the complete design process from ideation to realization.

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.

Last Modified 2:57 p.m. January, 2 2019