Graduate student projects highlight engineering successes

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KALAMAZOO—Senior engineering students at Western Michigan University will unveil imaginative and often highly technical projects from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, during the 53rd Conference on Senior Engineering Design.

The students will showcase and demonstrate their projects at the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences on WMU's Parkview Campus. The event is free and open to the public.

About the conference

Among the many innovative projects that will be shown are design plans for an alternative energy go-kart, a multifunctional tank designed to both mix ingredients and heat the mixture for the whiskey distillation process, and the design and manufacture of a mold to produce high-quality flying discs.

Seniors will present the projects, which they completed to solve problems facing business and industry. Many of the projects are sponsored by southwest Michigan companies, including Kalamazoo Distilling Company Inc., Landscape Forms Inc. and Stryker Instruments.

Participants hail from a variety of disciplines, including civil and construction engineering, computer science, electrical and computer engineering, industrial and manufacturing engineering, mechanical and aerospace engineering, and paper and chemical engineering. The conference is held twice each year, in April and December, to showcase the work of graduating seniors in the engineering disciplines who are required to complete a real-world capstone project.

For more information, visit the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at wmich.edu/engineer or contact Tamara Bergman at tamara.s.bergman@wmich.edu or (269) 276-3248.