From drones to combat robots, UT engineering students to show off senior projects

December 9, 2015 | Events, UToday, Engineering
By Christine Billau

CORRECTION: “BattleBots” was used in a headline about the College of Engineering’s senior design expo when this story was published online Dec. 9. The term “BattleBots” is a protected trademark and was unintentionally used by UT News, which regrets the oversight.

Building a self-checkout shopping cart, producing biofuels from microscopic algae, renovating the Toledo Zoo’s unused, historic pedestrian tunnel, and fashioning water flippers for a double amputee are a few of the projects that will be on display at the UT College of Engineering senior design expo.

The public is invited to take a look at all 50 student projects at the Undergraduate Research and Senior Design Engineering Project Exposition Friday, Dec. 11, from noon to 3 p.m. in Nitschke Hall.

“The senior design expo is a showcase where our students are able to demonstrate how they have been able to successfully synthesize the various topics they learned over their entire academic program to address a certain societal need,” Dr. Nagi Naganathan, dean of the College of Engineering, said. “In several instances, they earn additional real-world experiences in problem solving by working with local area sponsors. Several also have gone on to pursue commercialization of their senior design projects, and that entrepreneurial mindset is exactly what we hope to instill in our students at the College of Engineering.”

The College of Engineering sponsors the event to showcase design projects created by graduating seniors from the departments of Bioengineering; Chemical and Environmental Engineering; 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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