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Senior engineering students present projects

by Deanne Puca

Nov. 30, 2011 | WMU News

Photo of WMU engineering students.
Students offer solutions to industry problems Dec. 6.
KALAMAZOO--A "Broncobot" multi-tool additive manufacturing system that has the ability to rapidly improve manufacturing time, a hybrid airship prototype, and a geodesic pool dome cover for above ground pools will be among the projects presented Tuesday, Dec. 6, at Western Michigan University's 49th Conference on Senior Engineering and Design.

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

A total of 122 seniors will present the results of 44 projects they have completed to solve problems facing business and industry. Many of the projects are sponsored by southwest Michigan companies, including American Axle, Earth Sciences Remote Sensing Lab, Fantom Racing, Parker Hannifin Corp., and Stryker Instruments; as well as by the Michigan Department of Transportation and WMU entities including the Department of Blindness and Low Vision Studies, Dining Services, and Engineering and Maintenance Services.

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 WMU Senior Engineering Design Conference online or contact Tamara Bergman at or (269) 276-3248.