CSU, Chico News

Design Expo Puts Student Projects in Spotlight

Date: 05-05-2014

Sarah Langford
Public Affairs
Greg Watkins
Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering

Students in California State University’s College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management will showcase their yearlong projects at the sixth annual Capstone Design Expo on Tuesday, May 6.

More than 25 projects with posters or prototypes will be on display from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at the O’Connell South Veranda. Final design review presentations of 13 capstone mechanical and mechatronic engineering projects will take place from 5 to 8:30 p.m. in Langdon 300.

The 2014 capstone projects include biodegradable sporting pigeons, a seismic sensor test, an automated flood irrigation system and a standing wheelchair. Approximately 100 students will participate in the event, demonstrating how their projects work to classmates, faculty and sponsors.

Each year, students work in groups of three or four to create a solution to an engineering problem. They design the solution then build and test a prototype, working with a faculty advisor and documenting their results along the way.

Sponsors include 3Core, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, CSU Agricultural Research Institute, Lawrence Livermore National Labs, ATK-RCBS, Micro-Vu Corporation, Owens-Illinois, Prototools Corporation, Transfer Flow, TSH Enterprises and Walk and Roll Foundation.

The Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering is part of the College of Engineering, Computer Science and Construction Management. More information about the capstone projects is available at http://www.ecst.csuchico.edu/srproject/.