The Catholic University of America

April 30, 2009

Engineering Projects to Be Displayed at Senior Design Day

The accomplishments of The Catholic University of America's graduating engineering students will be showcased Monday, May 4, during a Senior Design Day.

The daylong presentation of engineering research and projects highlights seniors' work in a required design course in their discipline.

Senior Design Day will run from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Great Room of the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center. Student teams and individual students will present their projects throughout the day. From noon to 1 p.m., students will make poster presentations.

Design day is the culmination of yearlong projects for electrical and computer science as well as mechanical engineering students. Biomedical and civil engineering students completed one-semester research and design projects. Students will make presentations of their work to their departments in advance of the public program.

The design work ranges from a hovercraft that can carry landmine-detection equipment to a four-story retail building to a diagnostic ultrasound pressure and angle monitoring system to an Xbox digital design.

"These research and design projects provide students with real-world constraints such as meeting customer-design specifications, targeted deadlines and scheduling, budget and other guidelines that students will face as practicing engineers," said Binh Tran, chair and associate professor of biomedical engineering and co-chair of Senior Design Day.

Seniors' work will be judged by a panel that includes experts from CUA, George Mason University, the Naval Surface Warfare Center and NASA, with a top project named in each of the four engineering disciplines during a 4 p.m. ceremony. "Judges will be looking for completeness of design," including a working prototype or model, Tran said.

To learn more about Senior Design Day, click here.

MEDIA: For more information, contact Katie Lee or Mary McCarthy in the Office of Public Affairs at 202-319-5600.