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WMU seniors showcase engineering design projects

by Deanne Puca

April 14, 2011 | WMU News

Photo of WMU senior engineering project.
Conference on Senior Engineering and Design
KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University Android and iPhone applications, a wireless aircraft security alert system, a case study on whether Michigan can sustain a large-scale hydro-electric power system, and a redesign of an electric race car will be among the projects presented Tuesday, April 19, at WMU's 48th Conference on Senior Engineering and Design.

WMU students will showcase and demonstrate their projects from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences on WMU's Parkview Campus. Sponsored by the college, the event is free and open to the public.

Nearly 190 seniors will present the results of 69 projects they have completed to solve problems facing business and industry. Many of the projects are sponsored by southwest Michigan companies, including Dana Corp., Graphic Packaging, Kellogg Co., Pfizer Inc. and Stryker Medical, as well as by Microsoft Corp. and state and local governments.

Participants hail from a variety of disciplines, including civil and construction engineering, computer science, electrical and computer engineering, industrial and manufacturing engineering, mechanical and aeronautical 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 Senior Engineering Design Conference online or contact Tamara Bergman at or (269) 276-3248.