Students to display capstone projects at Dec. 8 design showcase

December 05, 2011

Engineering students will display their capstone design projects at the College of Engineering's Student Design Project Showcase from 1 to 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 8, in the Alumni Ballroom in the HUB-Robeson Center on the University Park campus of Penn State.

The showcase will feature 76 industry-sponsored projects — 54 of which are senior capstone projects — in aerospace engineering; agricultural and biological engineering; bioengineering; chemical engineering; computer science and engineering; electrical engineering; engineering design; engineering science and mechanics; energy engineering; industrial and manufacturing engineering; material science and engineering; and mechanical and nuclear engineering. The event is free and open to the public.

During the showcase, the student projects will be judged by a panel of industry experts and prizes, sponsored by Boeing, BP and Lockheed Martin Corporation, will be awarded to groups with the best project and best poster. 

The semester-long projects merge the classroom and real-world by exposing students to the technical demands, pitfalls and professional expectations they would experience as a practicing engineer in the industry.

Companies sponsoring this semester's projects include 4Carrots; A Lean Machine; Advantage Metal Powders; Air Products; Appek; Bell Helicopter; Textron, Inc.; Boeing; CONSOL Energy, Inc.; Discovery Space; Dresser-Rand; Experimental Designs, Inc.; Flowserve; General Motors; Green Thumb Services; Harris Corporation; Instasol Technology; Jersey Shore Hospital; KC Innovations, Inc.; Kydex; M4 Sciences; Metso; Movasu, Inc.; Nascent Services; NSWCCD; Pratt & Whitney; Quaker Chemical Corporation; Rockland Manufacturing; Samsung Electronics, Inc.; Shell; ShowKase; SimpleServe; Solar Dynamic Technology; Solutionwerks, Inc.; The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company; The Net Return; The Vitamin Shoppe; URS; and Volvo Powertrain North America.

In addition to the senior capstone projects, students from the classes Engineering Design 100, 130, and 497 EF will display their final projects at the event.

The Student Design Project Showcase is organized by the Learning Factory, a university-industry partnership to educate the next generation of engineers by providing hands-on experience with real-world capstone design projects. The Learning Factory has facilitated more than 2,500 student design projects for more than 350 companies since its establishment in 1995.

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Last Updated December 06, 2011