Big Potential for Diagnostics
Watching their contributions come together into a working device was the best part for 2016’s top prize-winning team. “Our slide staining prototype for Ventana Medical Systems could improve tissue stain quality and lead to better disease diagnostics," said systems engineer Danton Whittier.
Moving Sensor from Paper to Machine
“The biggest challenge was making sure the design worked when we translated our plans from paper to machine,” said Alex Yudkovitz, whose 2016 team sponsored by Texas Instruments designed a minimal-cost, remote, deep-water sensor system for collecting and sending scientific data.
Entrepreneur Wears All Hats, Camera
Brian Herrera didn’t have an outside sponsor for his team’s 2016 senior design project. His virtual reality startup was the sponsor. “We want you to share a whole interactive experience in VR,” said Herrera, who envisions a social media community of Vidi VR users.
Making a Lifesaver Even Better
“They’ll become excellent engineers,” Tony Mulligan, CEO of Hydronalix, said of the 2016 teams his company sponsored to refine EMILY, a robotic rescue buoy. One project was a canister to automate deployment and help direct the robot, the other a sonar addition for underwater search and rescue.
Patent Next for Feeding Tube Sensor
We could not be more delighted with the outcome,” said Paul Melnychuck, senior director of business development, marketing and innovation at Xeridiem, sponsor of a 2016 interdisciplinary team that developed a sensor to reduce medical errors in nasogastric feeding tube placement.
Pocket-Size Defibrillator in the Works
“We want to make the first small, affordable and personal defibrillator that people can put in their pockets and easily carry with them,” said cardiologist Dr. Carter Newton, founder of CardioSpark, which sponsored a 2016 team to design and prototype the device.
“You read a book, you do the math – it only gets you so far,” said Sensintel researcher Aaron Farber. “The Engineering Design Program is a great opportunity to get students into a real-world experience where they’re able to understand what all their class and lab work has been going toward.”
Three, Two, One … Liftoff!
For many aerospace engineering students, the senior design program is a launch pad, quite literally. “It was a heart-stopping experience,” recalls senior Austin Smith, who was relieved to see the team’s parachute deploy and the rocket return after its 2,000-foot climb. “Sometimes they don’t.”
Turning On the Power
Tucson Electric Power watched their team take the largest prize of all for its 2015 drone to inspect power lines. “Design Day is the most exciting event I attend each year,” said TEP mentor and engineer Christopher Lynn. “TEP is thrilled with the results of the capstone process.”
Partnering with a company in Nogales, Mexico, brought a sense of the unknown for one Engineering Design team. “But once we got to tour the plant, it gave us a sense of awe. It was amazing to see what a large quantity of automobile parts they were able to manufacture,” said mechanical engineering student Thomas Lundstrom.
Heading to Honeywell
Sponsor Honeywell Aerospace was so impressed by its student-designed project – a hologram-based head-up display for pilots landing in low visibility – that the company hired two of the 2015 team members to work full time after graduation.
Getting Out of Comfort Zone
Nick Paco had no background in optics, yet he was in charge of the optical aspects of his interdisciplinary team’s award-winning project for Honeywell. “I read everything and watched every video on optics that I could,” said the 2015 electrical engineering senior.