By Bethany Carlson
Projects from OSU’s TekBot® undergraduate robotics education program will also be on display, along with a Mars rover. High schoolers get in on the act with a presentation of FIRST robots from local high schools. Tours of OSU’s engineering facilities, including the wave lab and radiation center, will be available to visiting high school students.
The 193 senior projects include a bicycle-powered flour mill, a campus shuttle-tracking smartphone app, and a process to make fuel from biowaste. A project by students from the Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Health Physics aims to detect gamma radiation using a cellphone camera’s light sensor. Twenty-nine are centered around sustainability and environmentally friendly energy sources.
Corporations such as Intel and Georgia-Pacific are sponsoring many of the projects, not to mention governmental bodies such as ODOT (Oregon Department of Transportation), and industry professionals often mentor the design teams. It’s a great way for students to get real-world experience before they are launched into the workforce just weeks later, after graduation in June.
More info can be found at http://engineering.oregonstate.edu/expo2014 or by calling 541-737-3101.