A UNLV Engineering student holds his prototype in front of the camera.

The UNLV College of Engineering recently hosted its biannual, Senior Design competition where 44 student teams presented commercially viable and sustainable prototypes to a panel of industry judges.

May. 17, 2023

From climate change and water resource management, to cyber threats and the future of work: there is no shortage of engineering challenges waiting to be solved. And UNLV College of Engineering students are up to the task, thanks in part to the college's biannual capstone event: Senior Design.

On Thursday, May 4, more than 200 students across 44 teams presented their technology advancement ideas to a panel of industry judges. It’s the pinnacle moment of their academic careers, with judges choosing winners based on innovation, commercial potential, presentation quality and sustainability. 

The following evening, over 400 people attended the awards celebration, where winning teams, their faculty and community advisors were announced.

The College congratulates this semester's winning teams for showcasing their innovative ideas, technical expertise and industry know-how.

Grand Prize

  • Solar and Battery Optimized System (SABOS)

Civil and Environmental Engineering and Construction

  • First Place: Ballistic Resistant Instrument Structures
  • Second Place: Southern Nevada Supplemental Airport Water Project

Computer Science

  • First Place: University Discord Server Management Console and Bot
  • Second Place: Carbon

Electrical and Computer Engineering

  • First Place: Revive: A Sensor-Based Knee Rehabilitation Device
  • Second Place: CuBEE Nano-Satellite Optical Sensing for Rendezvous Proximity Operations

Entertainment Engineering and Design

  • Themed Entertainment Accessibility

Mechanical Engineering

  • First Place: Helidrone
  • Second Place: Baja Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Air Shock


  • UFC Smart Grappling Dummy


  • Solar and Battery Optimized System (SABOS)

Commercial Potential

  • Solar and Battery Optimized System (SABOS)

Popular Choice

  • Southern Nevada Supplemental Airport Water Project

Team Congeniality

  • Themed Entertainment Accessibility