Design Day Highlights Spartan Engineers' Innovations

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December 8, 2010

Spartan engineers will present their innovations, and hundreds of Michigan middle school and high school students will descend on the Michigan State University campus to explore future careers in engineering, at the College of Engineering Design Day on Friday, December 10, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the MSU Union.

MSU students from throughout the college will be presenting design projects from a variety of courses including civil engineering, computer science and engineering, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering. The headliners of the day are the seniors as they present their accomplishments through exhibits, posters and presentations. Student teams are involved with projects that demand the integration of engineering theory and practice, including a fluid power application of a regenerative turbine pump, a movable grab bar for senior apartments, use of smart glass technologies to switch a car’s high beams on and off, and a wellness portal to track data from medical devices such as insulin pumps and glucose monitors.

Pre-college students will explore design principles with hands-on robotic and structural support system activities that require the application of their creativity and ingenuity.

“The energy released by MSU engineers during Design Day is contagious, inspiring many middle and high school students to pursue their interest in science and engineering,” said Maureen Blazer-Adams, Design Day coordinator. “The engineering projects, which represent the efforts and accomplishments of not only a single semester, but the capstone of our students’ educational careers, are on display throughout the day.”

The senior capstone teams design and build projects for corporate sponsors, both local and national, including Boeing, Ford Motor Company, GE Aviation, Hyundai-Kia American Tech Center, Medtronic, Meijer, Motorola, MSU Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities, TechSmith and Whirlpool.

Auto-Owners Insurance Company of Lansing is the executive partner sponsor of the fall 2010 Design Day. As a Lansing-based Fortune 500 company, Auto-Owners Insurance has a rich history of engagement with Michigan State University.

“As you visit our various exhibits throughout the MSU Union, you will see that MSU engineers are ready to lead, create and innovate,” said Blazer-Adams.

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