CSU, Chico News

Student Projects Showcased in Engineering Design Expo

Date: 04-28-2015

Sarah Langford
Public Affairs
Dick Hsu, Interim Associate Dean
College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management

Mechanical engineering and mechatronic engineering students at California State University, Chico will showcase their yearlong projects at the seventh annual Capstone Design Expo Tuesday, May 5.

Sixteen industry-sponsored group projects with prototypes or posters will be on display from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at the O’Connell South Veranda. Final design review presentations will take place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Langdon 302.

In addition, 60 individual projects by students majoring in electrical engineering, computer engineering, computer science and computer information systems will be on display in rooms throughout O’Connell from 2 to 4:30 p.m.

Each year, students majoring in mechanical or mechatronic engineering work in small groups to create a solution to an organization’s real-world engineering problem. They design the solution, then build and test a prototype, working with a faculty advisor and documenting their results along the way.

This year’s projects include improvements to a rice cake popping machine for Lundberg Family Farms; an updated machine that makes walnut hullers for Wizard Manufacturing; and creating an innovative wheelchair with improved frames and wheels and an updated power system.

“Our industry sponsors come to us with their problems and our students find solutions for them,” said Dick Hsu, interim associate dean of the College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management. “The students get in contact with the sponsor, come up with specs for the design and provide two to four different solutions.

“It’s a whole set of industrial design experience on campus. This is what they’ll do when they work for companies.”

Approximately 150 students will participate in the event, demonstrating how their projects work to classmates, faculty and sponsors.

Sponsors include Fly and Drive Turbines; academic advisor Jason Stapleton; NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory; Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory; Lundberg Family Farms; Maisie Jane’s California Sunshine Products; Maquet Getinge Group; Park-A-Bike; Sof-Tek Integrators, Inc.; SunCoast Concepts; Transfer Flow; Wizard Manufacturing; and CSU, Chico’s Agricultural Research Institute, Department of Civil Engineering and College of Agriculture.

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 www.csuchico.edu/mmem/capstone_design.