Senior Design Symposium

For senior engineering students, the Senior Design Symposium (SDS) is the culmination of an entire year of planning, designing and putting together ideas to build a final project. Symposium also acts as a link to the public to support interest in STEM and increase awareness of the reach of the College of Engineering. 

In its second year, SDS became more than a showcase for student projects. This year 44 groups competed for individual department awards with the hope to become crowned Grand Champion of the event. With a wide-array of projects ranging from concepts for crude oil expansions for local refineries in chemical engineering to a washing machine built for space in mechanical engineering, there was no shortage of interesting projects on display. 

Individual department winners came from internal judging within each department, they were: Ethanol Fermentation, Distillation and Recovery, Chemical Engineering; Erosion Mitigation at FM 787 and the Trinity River, Civil and Environmental Engineering; Spherical Robot, Electrical Engineering; Routing Optimization for FedEx, Industrial Engineering; and TSGC-11 Alternative Sanitation Methods for Long Duration Space Missions, Mechanical Engineering.

In addition to the winners, departments chose honorable mention projects that really stood out, including: BMS-CJS Expansion Team, Chemical; Touch Screen for Ophelia, Electrical; Electronic Tray with Communications, Electrical; MATE ROV Underwater Robotics, Mechanical; Theo Jansen Walking Machine, Mechanical; and SAE Mini Baja, Mechanical. 

Five judges, representing each department from industry, spent time circling each project to determine which would be named Grand Champion. After much debate, the group chose Ethanol Fermentation, Distillation and Recovery from Chemical Engineering as the team as the winner. Team members include: Team Leader Aaron Gauthier, Micah Murdock, Chad Miller, Chris Cheek, and Chase Pinder. The team received $1,500 for their hard work and the Dan F. Smith Department of Chemical Engineering receives bragging rights for the next year.

For more information on group projects, click here.

senior design symposium winning team from chemical engineering


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Community support for senior design is pivotal to the success of our students as they begin to research, plan, and build their projects. Your contribution can go to a specific project or the symposium event. Donation packages are available. For more information on packages, please contact Erin Lovelady.
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