From robots to recycling, UT engineering students to debut senior projects to public

April 27, 2016 | Events, UToday, Engineering
By Samantha Watson

An algae cleanup robot, micro-housing, and Greenbox, a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-funded food waste recycling system, are a few of the projects that will be on display at The University of Toledo’s College of Engineering senior design expo.

The public is invited to view the 62 student projects at the Undergraduate Research and Senior Design Engineering Project Exposition Friday, April 29, from noon to 3 p.m. in Nitschke Hall on UT’s Main Campus.

College of Engineering Logo“This expo showcases what our students have learned throughout their academic program here at UT through projects that address a certain societal need,” said Dr. Nagi Naganathan, dean of the College of Engineering. “This event gives them a chance to demonstrate their knowledge by applying it to real-world experiences in problem solving by working with local sponsors.

“In addition to showcasing their new skill sets, they also learn to have an entrepreneurial mindset, as many already have gone on to pursue commercialization of their projects,” he said. “The event is a great way for us to show the public the caliber of work we are doing here at the College of Engineering.”

The College of Engineering sponsors the event to spotlight design projects created by graduating seniors from the departments of Bioengineering; Civil Engineering; Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; Engineering Technology; and Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering.

As part of the required senior design capstone project, students create business-consulting units to develop a solution for a client’s technical or business challenge. Businesses, industries and federal agencies sponsor these projects.

For more information about the free, public exposition, call 419.530.8014 or email

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