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Design Day shows off student innovation at the end of each semester.

UPDATE: The 20th anniversary of Design Day will be Friday, April 25, 2014, in the Engineering Building.


December 2, 2013

Four hundred students are set to showcase their innovation and technical skills on Friday, Dec. 6, at this autumn’s Design Day in the MSU College of Engineering.

Thousands of participants and guests will fill the Engineering Building on campus (428 S. Shaw Lane, East Lansing) to see demonstrations, competitions and posters from 8 a.m. to noon. Among them will be:

  • A team of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) seniors presenting an Augmented Reality Automobile Guide Application that lets a car shopper point their smart phone at a new car to grab all the information on it instantly and store it for easy access during the final buying decision. The research project is funded by General Motors.
  • Another team of CSE seniors presenting a Smart Start Savers iPad application that helps local elementary and middle school students learn about banking and saving. The project is funded by the MSU Federal Credit Union to reinforce the importance of teaching children how to save.
  • A team of Mechanical Engineering seniors presenting ways to improve the use of carboline paint containers and a new means of handling unused paint, which now has to be disposed of at a significant cost.  Students will be suggesting a nonhazardous option. Union Pacific Railroad funds the project.

Award ceremonies are at 1:15 p.m. Friday in 1281 Anthony Hall, located on the east end of the Engineering Building.

This semester's Design Day sponsors include General Motors, Whirlpool, ArcelorMital, Bosch, MSUFCU, Norfolk Southern, TechSmith and USAA.

Also on exhibit will be projects developed in a freshman engineering course, EGR 100: Introduction to Engineering Design. Approximately 150 students in grades 7-12 will visit Design Day, enabling interaction in hands-on robotic and structural support system activities and serving as judges for “People’s Choice” awards for the most popular projects.

See a video invitation to Design Day at:  View the 76-page Design Day book with student projects:

Fall 2013 Design Day By The Numbers -- Friday, Dec. 6, 8 a.m.        
• 105 teams
•  404 students

Capstone projects represent:
•  30 companies (including 21 Michigan-based)
•  38 teams
•  171 students

Outreach programming includes:
• 6 schools
• 20 teachers
• 150 students from 7-12 grades, including 25 admitted female engineering students
• 60 percent of students are from under-represented groups

Design Day Awards:

• 15 awards conferred to top Design Day teams
• Judges include faculty and corporate representatives
• Some winning teams receive cash awards or advance to national competitions

• 19th year for Design Day
• Twice yearly event on last day of each semester (before finals week)
• Initiated in 1994 by the Department of Mechanical Engineering


The Engineering Building will buzz on Dec. 6 when 400 students showcase their ingenuity and abilities.