Design Day is Friday, April 25

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April 18, 2014

The 20th anniversary of the MSU College of Engineering Design Day will feature the innovation and technical skills of more than 600 students on Friday, April 25.

Participants and guests will roam the busy halls of the Engineering Building to see demonstrations, competitions and posters from 8 a.m. to noon.

See Design Day video:
See 20th Anniversary Design Day Book with project descriptions:

“Design Day, without fail, is one of the most important and most popular days here in our College of Engineering," said Leo Kempel, acting dean of the College of Engineering. "It's where we can see the valuable lessons learned over four years by our students being applied with enthusiasm to innovative solutions in a real-world setting. It brings together students, faculty, and corporate partners in a way that is transformative for the student's professional preparation. It’s creativity come alive, which is amazing to see and appreciate.  The 20th anniversary of this special and treasured event is shared by all of Spartan Engineering."

Design Day Executive Director Wayne Dyksen said the capabilities of the college’s many outstanding students are showcased.

“Design is at the core of all our engineering programs, starting in the first week of class with our freshmen and culminating in the final semester with our seniors in their capstone project courses,” Dyksen explained. “The impact of our emphasis on creativity and design is evident throughout the Engineering Building on Design Day.”

The 20th anniversary of Design Day will include more than 150 teams and a wide range of projects – from solar hot dog cookers to a reusable electronic parachute deployment system for model rockets.

Other projects are aimed at improving lives:

  • A biosystems engineering team created a wearable treatment for infant jaundice, a disease found in 60 percent of all newborns. The prototype of their device breaks down bilirubin molecules while the baby is in the loving arms of its mother instead of being isolated in an incubator.
  • Civil and environmental engineering students created a plan for a mixed-use residential and commercial site linking campus with East Lansing and nearby Meridian Township. The plan maximizes green space and offers pedestrian and bicycle access to campus while protecting as many existing trees and wetlands as possible.
  • An electrical engineering team created a refreshable 3D Braille Display that helps corrects the usability gap when 3D images are required in calculus or map use. Their device features a 64x64 pin matrix display that is adjustable up to one inch, so hands can feel a 3D pin matrix display. It provides a more immersive learning experience for those using Braille.
  • Teams from the EGR 100 Introduction to Engineering Design course created several assistive tools for the MSU Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities, including an accessible MSU campus map.

Spring 2014 Design Day By The Numbers -- Friday, April 25
20th Year for Design Day (began in 1994) 
• 152 teams
• 619 students

Capstone projects represent:
• 43 companies (including 36 Michigan-based)
• 78 teams
• 337 students
• 51 sponsored projects

Outreach programming includes:
• 6 schools
• 15 teachers
• 150 students from 9-12 grades, including 25 admitted female engineering students
• 50 percent of students are from under-represented groups
• About 50 percent of students are female

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

• 20th year for Design Day
• All 10 undergraduate degree programs represented
• Twice yearly event on last day of each semester (before finals week)
• Initiated in 1994 by the Department of Mechanical Engineering

More on Design Day:

Design Day 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, MSU Federal Credit Union, Auto-Owners Insurance, Bosch, Dow, Meijer, Nielsen, Urban Science and Whirlpool.

Also on exhibit will be projects developed in the first year Cornerstone freshman-engineering course, EGR 100: Introduction to Engineering Design. The college-level course is required of all incoming first-year engineering students and an integral part of the Cornerstone and Residential (CoRe) Experience. Students are introduced to the engineering profession and design process through team-based assignments.

Approximately 150 students will attend activities at the Dart Innovative and Creativity Design Day for students and teachers in grades 7-12. The event enables interaction in hands-on robotic and structural support system activities and serving as judges for “People’s Choice” awards for the most popular projects.