Senior Engineering Design Conference: Showcasing solutions to real-world problems

Witness the future of engineering when Western Michigan University students showcase their senior projects at WMU's 58th Senior Engineering Design Conference from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, at the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. The event, at Floyd Hall on WMU's Parkview Campus, is free and open to the public.

The event is an opportunity for students to apply their knowledge and hands-on experience to a final capstone project before entering the field or moving on to graduate school. Throughout the day, students will be presenting their research and projects to industry experts, faculty advisors, families and friends.

The projects allow students to put their problem-solving skills to the test and take an idea from concept to design to prototype.  A complete description of the projects is available in the Senior Engineering Design Conference brochure at


Many of the students’ projects solve real-world problems facing business and industry. More than 30 Southwest Michigan companies sponsor the projects.

This year, projects range from a plan for resurfacing and widening a road in Galesburg, Mich., and an electronic control system for a chainless bicycle, to a newly designed wing to boost the range of unmanned aircraft and a steam tunnel designed for clothing distributors to eliminate wrinkles.

The conference is held twice each year – April and December. The capstone design course is an important component of the senior year and is a traditional part of most engineering curricula.