One-handed wheelchair, foldable drone, 80 other innovations to be showcased

Senior engineering students to present capstone projects to businesses, public, campus Friday, May 5

Engineering students display work at Innovation Day

Students demonstrate their senior capstone projects in the annual Engineering Innovation Day. This year 80 projects will be showcased at the Lawlor Events Center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

One-handed wheelchair, foldable drone, 80 other innovations to be showcased

Senior engineering students to present capstone projects to businesses, public, campus Friday, May 5

Students demonstrate their senior capstone projects in the annual Engineering Innovation Day. This year 80 projects will be showcased at the Lawlor Events Center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Engineering students display work at Innovation Day

Students demonstrate their senior capstone projects in the annual Engineering Innovation Day. This year 80 projects will be showcased at the Lawlor Events Center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The College of Engineering's fourth annual Senior Capstone Innovation Day showcases the inventive work of seniors across the College of Engineering . The showcase at Lawlor Events Center is open to students, faculty, staff and the general public to view projects and demonstrations of innovative products such as:
· a one-handed athletic wheelchair for rugby
• remote battery charging stations for drones
• 3-D printable folding drone to be deployed by rockets
• portable car jack powered by Co2 cartridge
• helmet solar panels
• traffic engineering solutions for Nevada
• mine water treatment
• autonomous ground vehicle for small-scale farming spraying system
• virtual reality applications
• the Couhinator, a scratch tester device, which determines the coefficient of friction between surfaces

The engineering students finish their years of study at the University with a class project where they design solutions for real life challenges, create a product and, in many cases, prepare it to be brought to market. Senior Capstone Innovation Day will showcase 80 world-improving projects developed by 250 students.

"This year, with more than 80 student projects on display, this is the most ever, representing the results of continued enrollment growth in the College of Engineering," Manos Maragakis, dean of the College of Engineering, said. "We also continue to grow our connections to area industry and community groups, and many of the projects you can see on display at Innovation Day have grown out of those connections."

All five engineering departments within the college: Chemical and Materials; Civil and Environmental; Computer Science and Engineering; Electrical and Biomedical; and Mechanical, have joined forces to showcase the senior projects of their departments. The morning is set aside for demonstrations for middle and high school students. The afternoon, from 1 to 3 p.m., will be demonstrations and presentations for industry and the public. 
Innovation Day is held at Upper Concourse and Silver and Blue Rooms in Lawlor Events Center, enter through lower level ticket area.

"Our vision is to promote the innovation of our students and faculty, provide them with opportunities to interact with industries and investors, while we also promote awareness to middle and high school students and the public about our College and University," Maragakis said.

A full list of projects and oral presentations schedule is available on the Innovation Day website.

"Innovation Day is an exciting event for us because it exemplifies our work toward a number of the College's strategic goals, including innovation-based economic development," Maragakis said. "In line with our commitment to providing our students a globally competitive education, we are working to offer them the exposure to industry they need to join the workforce ready to contribute. Hands-on design projects like these demonstrate that our students understand the complexities of engineering design problems and can offer solutions that are developed with industry needs in mind."

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