OSU Hosts Engineering Expo

By Bethany Carlson

Photo courtesy of the Oregon State University College of Engineering

Photo courtesy of the Oregon State University College of Engineering

Oregon State University’s senior engineering students will present their capstone projects at the 2014 Engineering Expo. The event will be held in Kelley Engineering Center on Friday, May 16 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m and is open to the public at no charge. Senior design projects from all the engineering concentrations such as computer science, civil engineering, biological and environmental engineering, and nuclear engineering will be the main focus of the event.

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.