It’s almost commencement, and for UNLV College of Engineering graduating seniors it means one thing and one thing only: a mad dash to put the finishing touches on their Senior Design projects.
The Fred and Harriet Cox Senior Design Competition is the culminating experience for soon-to-be UNLV Engineering graduates. The competition challenges students to get hands-on with their education, asking them to bring their strong, theoretical classroom knowledge to the table to design and build commercially viable prototypes.
After working all year on their capstone projects, more than 200 students across 44 teams will present 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.
Thursday, May 4
Thomas & Mack Center at UNLV
Meeting rooms A-D on ground level
The bi-annual capstone competition challenges UNLV Engineering students to engage in innovation and entrepreneurship, and to enter the workforce prepared to solve big problems that impact the Las Vegas community, nation and world.
Here’s just a sampling of the 44 projects slated to be judged next week:
The Good Deed Community Project
Homelessness in the Las Vegas Valley has increased in recent years due to effects of the pandemic and the housing crisis. The Good Deed project provides land development layout options for a large center to serve the needs of the city’s homeless population, including services for physical and mental health, rehabilitation and job and skills learning.
Drowning Victim Detection System
With the Vegas heat turning up, the Drowning Victim Detection System might be the perfect solution for community pools. The system is designed to work as a supplemental safety measure for recreational pools, constantly monitoring the pool and swimmers to detect instances of possible danger.
UFC Smart Grappling Dummy
As athletes train or compete, their output in most metrics diminish over time as they fatigue. In this interdisciplinary project, students have created a dummy designed to measure a fighter’s output - not at their peak performance - but when they’re near the end of a fight or in a compromised position. The dummy has sensors in the stomach which are able to measure striking force when a fighter is on the ground.
Media will be allowed to video, interview, and interact with student teams.
Media interested in attending should contact Natalie Bruzda at 702-895-3965 or email@example.com.