CSU, Chico News

Capstone Design Expo Highlights the Best of CSU, Chico’s College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management

Date: 05-10-2017

Sean Murphy
Public Affairs
Rachel Simmons
College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management

A coffee mug that displays the liquid's temperature, along with the weather forecast. A mobile app that can scan the bar code on grocery items and then check them off your shopping list.

Those are just two of the design projects that will be on display during the annual Capstone Design Expo at California State University, Chico. The event will take place on Friday, May 12 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the courtyard between the Langdon Engineering Center and the O’Connell Technology Center on the University campus.

About 130 students enrolled in the College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management (ECC) at CSU, Chico will showcase the 90 design projects they created at the event, which is free and open to the public.

The expo started as a program for the Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering and Sustainable Manufacturing. The event has since grown to highlight all disciplines within ECC.

Projects are developed by students majoring in computer animation and game development, civil engineering, computer science, concrete industry management, construction management, electrical/electronic engineering, computer engineering, mechanical engineering, mechatronic engineering and sustainable manufacturing.

Each year, students work in small groups 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.

“Industry sponsors bring real-world design problems for our senior engineering students to solve,” said Greg Watkins, coordinator of the Capstone Design Program. “Student groups spend an entire academic year designing, building and testing their solutions. They work closely with the sponsoring company, gaining valuable, real-world, hands-on experience. It’s not unusual for students to be hired by the sponsoring company after the project concludes, creating an additional benefit for both the student and sponsor.”

Industry sponsors involved in the event include medical technology company Medtronic, fuel tank maker Transfer Flow and machine tool builder Haas Automation.

In addition to the prototype coffee mug and mobile shopping app, this year’s projects include a student-built, 20-foot steel bridge that recently competed in the ASCE Mid-Pacific Student Competition, which was hosted by CSU, Chico.

For more information about the Capstone Design Expo, please visit https://www.csuchico.edu/mmem/capstone_design/design_expo.shtml.

Anyone with questions regarding accessibility at any of the events can contact the University’s Accessibility Resource Center at 530-898-5959.