An app to help novice pc builders, an electronically adjustable crutch and a drone known as “The Octocopter” have been simply among the concepts engineered and constructed by college students who competed on this 12 months’s Senior Design Mission Showcase. Seniors in CSUN’s School of Engineering and Laptop Science offered their initiatives for overview by trade professionals, simply weeks earlier than their commencement.
This 12 months’s occasion, which came about Might 5 within the College Scholar Union, was the thirteenth annual showcase. It was the primary in-person after two years on-line, as a result of pandemic. College students labored in groups all through their senior 12 months on capstone initiatives, the culminating assignments for engineering and pc science majors. The scholar groups usually enter their initiatives in nationwide and worldwide competitions.
On the Might showcase, greater than 20 groups competed for prizes with their mission shows and oral shows made to the showcase judges. Classes included civil engineering and building administration, pc science, electrical and pc engineering, manufacturing programs engineering and administration, and mechanical engineering. Entries have been judged by greater than 20 trade professionals, most of them CSUN alumni.
Laptop science main Ryan Santillan labored with 4 teammates on “ComputerStarter,” a multimedia app designed to show customers methods to construct their very own computer systems. The group hoped to de-mystify the computer-building expertise, Santillan mentioned. He additionally added that there are lots of advantages to the do-it-yourself strategy.
“As soon as a component will get outdated and a little bit outdated, you’ll be able to simply swap it out and that’s a giant benefit,” Santillan mentioned.
The group members behind “Cruxmatic” aimed to create a wise and electronically adjustable crutch. The crutch can accomodate altering masses, to make a neater and smoother strolling expertise for customers. Staff member Teny Shahjahanian makes use of a crutch often for a knee harm, so this mission appealed to her instantly, she mentioned. The group expertise was a optimistic one, she mentioned.
“We have been very open — we had a delegative administration type,” Shahjahanian mentioned. “All of us had our personal elements, all through your entire semester.”
A $1,000 grand prize for mission show was awarded to the CSUN Aeronautics group from the Division of Mechanical Engineering, for its design of an autonomous aircraft and ground vehicle system to fight wildfires.
Prizes of $500 additionally have been awarded to groups from every division, for oral shows and mission shows.