Engineering students to display projects at showcase

December 09, 2008

Penn State engineering students will present their capstone design projects at the College of Engineering's Student Design Project Showcase from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11, in the Hetzel Union Building. The event is free and open to the public.

The showcase will feature industry-sponsored projects from seniors in chemical, industrial, electrical, mechanical and bioengineering. Notable senior design projects include an ACL injury prevention product, wireless body-worn soldier health monitoring, solar-cell powered dormitory lighting, efficient removal of acetic acid/anhydride from polyglycols and harnessing human energy to extend battery life.

Students in EDSGN 100 will display a part of their first-year design project: a model of "Natural Fusion," the solar home Penn State plans to enter in the 2009 Solar Decathlon. Students in EDSGN 130 will present their design of a retiree's home, which includes a place to live, work and play.

This semester's sponsors include Air Products, Boeing, Armstrong, Gourmet Kitchen, Shell Oil, Tobyhanna Army Depot, UPS, General Motors and Coconut Cutter.

The showcase was organized by the Learning Factory, a university-industry partnership at Penn State. Established in 1995, the Learning Factory gives businesses the chance to test their ideas and gives students valuable hands-on experience.

For more information about the Learning Factory and a detailed list of projects, visit


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Last Updated March 19, 2009