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Senior engineering design projects showcased

April 14, 2006

KALAMAZOO--A hydraulic bicycle, an electronic nail file, a tool for diagnosing ear infections over the Web and a remote controlled electron microscope will be among the projects presented Tuesday, April 18, at the 38th annual Conference on Senior Engineering and Design Projects.

Western Michigan University students will showcase and demonstrate their projects from
9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences on WMU's Parkview Campus. Sponsored by the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the event is free and open to the public.

A total of 217 seniors will present the results of 82 projects they have completed to solve problems facing business and industry. Many of the projects are sponsored by Southwest Michigan firms, including the Dana Corp., Eaton Corp., Parker Hannifin Corp., Pfizer Inc., Stryker Instruments and Whirlpool Corp. Sponsors for this conference also included the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport in cooperation with the Transportation Security Administration.

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

More information is available at www.wmich.edu/engineer/senior-design-conf.php or from Cathleen Smith at (269) 276-3244.

Media contact: Cathleen Smith, (269) 276-3244, cathleen.smith@wmich.edu

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