Seniors Display Project Goals at 2015 Fall Design Review

2015 Fall Design ReviewDec. 9, 2015 - The sun shone brightly on the 616 engineering students displaying their senior project ideas on UC Irvine’s Engineering Gateway at the 2015 Fall Design Review last week. In all, there were 97 teams representing four of the school’s five departments.

“You have a difficult set of circumstances in front of you,” Dean Gregory Washington told the students. “Each year, the projects have gotten better. From what I’ve seen, you are doing A-OK so far. You’ve still got time until Winter Design Review when you will be expected to present to industry advisors. This is a culmination for many of you. I know you will make us proud and I wish you good luck.”

The Fall Design Review is the first chance for senior engineering students to present their senior design project goals to a wider audience. Engineering faculty, staff and students as well as a few alumni and industry representatives turned out to browse the poster displays. Project ideas ranged from a sensor device to monitor SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome), to a Blue Box that captures a patient’s vital signs and records audio in ambulances to an inexpensive, hand held-device for monitoring cancer patients’ response to chemotherapy by assessing tissue hydration using an optical scanner that measures water level and lipid content.

Mohammad Roayaie, a general engineer retired from Foster Wheeler USA Corp., said he has been coming to the Fall and Winter Design Review for years. “This younger generation is very smart. Their vision and concepts are good,” he said, adding that he was very impressed with last year’s Solar Decathlon effort as well.

Students’ next milestone will be Winter Design Review, scheduled March 11 at the UCI Student Center.

- Lori Brandt

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