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UNLV Engineering Students Showcase Product Prototypes at Fall 2016 Fred and Harriet Cox Senior Design Competition

Prototypes highlight importance of interdisciplinary skills and teams

LAS VEGAS – On December 7, UNLV Howard R. Hughes undergraduate engineering students will compete in the fall edition of the College’s Fred and Harriet Cox Senior Design Competition. Teams of students from all areas of engineering, including mechanical, civil, environmental, electrical, and more, will showcase their prototypes and have their projects judged by a panel of local industry experts. The projects will be on public display from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Blasco Event Wing of the Foundation Building on the campus of UNLV.

A capstone to every engineering student’s academic career at UNLV, the senior design project challenges students to use everything they have learned in their program to plan, design and create a practical, real-world solution to an engineering challenge. Each student chooses, plans, designs, and prototypes an innovative, commercially viable product.

“In the College of Engineering, our goal is to not only develop employees for industry, but also entrepreneurs who create new engineering and technology business ventures,” said Rama Venkat, dean of the Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering. “Throughout the years, this highly successful competition has led to multiple patents and start-up companies being formed.”

This fall’s projects include: an Intravenous Rapid Injector to administer anesthesia rapidly from within a vein to help alleviate patient discomfort and procedure time; a pedestrian bridge across Maryland Parkway to create a continuous flow of traffic for vehicles and pedestrians and reduce potential accidents; and a more accurate way for military and law enforcement to know the rounds remaining in a magazine using an array of magnetic sensors and a magnet.

With thousands of dollars in prize money on the line, the inventions have to be created with marketability in mind. Senior Design teams are offered the opportunity to partner with MBA students from UNLV’s Lee Business School to create a business plan as part of their MBA curriculum.

Beginning in 2002, College of Engineering supporters Fred and Harriet Cox generously provided for monetary awards to be given to the top projects in the senior design competition. In 2015 the $3 million Fred and Harriet Cox Endowed Senior Design Fund was established to permanently fund the bi-annual competition and awards banquet, and give students access to the materials and supplies needed to complete their design prototypes. Additional sponsors of the fall 2016 competition include: Switch, NV Energy, Las Vegas Paving and JT3.

For more information on the senior design competition, contact Cheryl Bella, Director of Communications, at cheryl.bella@unlv.edu or 702-895-3965.