Engineering students show innovations at annual conference

Contact: Mark Schwerin
Photo of engineering students with their senior project.

Engineering students with their project, a wind machine.

KALAMAZOO—Senior engineering students at Western Michigan University will showcase and demonstrate imaginative and often highly technical projects this month during the 54th Conference on Senior Engineering Design.

Students will present their projects from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, at the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences on WMU's Parkview Campus. The event is free and open to the public. Seniors completed projects to solve problems facing business and industry. Many of the projects are sponsored by 40 southwest Michigan companies, including Denso Corp., Humphrey Products, Kellogg Co., Parker Hannifin, Stryker Instruments, Whirlpool Corp. and state and local government.

Participants are involved in 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. The capstone design course is an important component of the senior year and is a traditional part of most engineering curricula.

For more information, visit or contact Tamara Bergman at or (269) 276-3248.