Interdisciplinary Teams + Industry Projects = A Powerful Senior Capstone Experience
The Senior Design Project provides undergraduate students with an integrated, mentored, requirements-based design project, giving students the opportunity to serve on self-directed teams. Each project team will conceive, design, prototype, verify and validate a system to solve a specific customer problem. Through teamwork, critical thinking and thorough systems engineering procedures, senior design projects allow students to apply the fundamentals learned in their first three years in a research and development project.
Along with classes, jobs, and hanging out via Zoom with friends or family, student clubs are among the many aspects of student life that takes place online in the age of COVID-19. Founded in 2015, the University of Denver Dungeons and Dragons club (DUDAD) swiftly shifted into an online format last spring.
My interest in doing research and subsequently a thesis started almost three years ago, when I was in my senior year, pursuing Bachelor’s in Computer Science in Oman. It was during this time in 2017 that I started studying about Blockchain Technology, IoT and Network Security.
Electrical engineering senior, Celina Wilkerson, is among the students in the first cohort of the Grand Challenge Scholars program (GCS) at the Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science. She chose the challenge “Make Solar Energy More Economical” out of 14 total Grand Challenges that are all committed to making the world a better and more sustainable place.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to keep students online and businesses at home, several national STEM conferences are making the transition to the virtual realm as well. This past October, several University of Denver (DU) students and faculty attended the virtual Grace Hopper Celebration.
Nike and DU: Improving the Future of Performance Footwear
One of the most popular athletic shoe companies in the world is partnering with the University of Denver. “Nike has a high regard for innovation and we strive to be the most innovative company period,” said Bryan Conrad, senior researcher for Nike basketball. Conrad said that’s exactly why Nike is eager to work with mechanical and electrical engineering students at DU.
Dragon Boat Adapted Seat: Students Driven By Innovation and Desire to Help Others
Engineering student Samantha Phillips was part of that yearlong design-build team at the Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science. “Craig Hospital came to us with the problem of trying to have one of their former patients come and participate in the Dragon Boat Festival held every year out at Sloan’s Lake in Denver. No past seat exists out there that will attach an adaptive seat to a Dragon Boat seat,” Phillips said.
Student-Designed Eye Tracker System at DU
Four undergraduates at the University of Denver worked together to design a new eye-tracking device that allows patients who are paralyzed to operate a computer. The device will cost roughly two percent as much as current eye-tracking tools, making the technology accessible to many patients who couldn’t afford it in the past. Students John Dewitt (computer science), Jeff Evans (electrical engineering), Peter Neilson (electrical engineering) and Jordan Rather (mechanical engineering) collaborated with occupational therapists at Craig Hospital to develop the new technology.