Senior design capstone projects in spotlight in college's events




Senior design capstone projects in spotlight in college's events

Calendar Icon Apr 25, 2017      Person Bust Icon By Karl Vogel     RSS Feed RSS

The People's Choice Awards at the April 21 Senior Design Showcase went to UkeBox (top photo) -- Zachary Kentner, Terrill Murray, Brad Naughton, Andrew Tompkins and Drew Wiseman -- and Go Baby Go! (bottom photo) -- Zainab Alsughayer, Emmie Johnson, Hannah Jones, Ravi Raghani and Jordan Verplank.
The People's Choice Awards at the April 21 Senior Design Showcase went to UkeBox (top photo) -- Zachary Kentner, Terrill Murray, Brad Naughton, Andrew Tompkins and Drew Wiseman -- and Go Baby Go! (bottom photo) -- Zainab Alsughayer, Emmie Johnson, Hannah Jones, Ravi Raghani and Jordan Verplank.

As the 2016-17 academic year winds down, the College of Engineering took time on Friday, April 21 to put its senior design capstone student projects in the spotlight at various events.

More than 200 students from five departments in the College of Engineering presented their capstone projects to guests at the Senior Design Showcase in the East Stadium Club Level of Memorial Stadium.

The three-hour event drew more than 300 guests, who learned about the 46 innovative and creative projects that bring together the academic and work experience gained by Nebraska Engineering students over their college careers.

The Showcase events began with the students gathering for a group photo on the field at Memorial Stadium.

More than 225 votes were cast in the People’s Choice Award balloting. The award is presented at the Showcase to the student team project that receives the most votes. This year, two teams each received 26 votes and were declared co-winners, with each member of the team receiving a $100 gift certificate.

* UkeBox – electrical and computer engineering students Zachary Kentner, Terrill Murray, Brad Naughton, Andrew Tompkins and Drew Wiseman, for a device that teaches new users to play a
ukulele by lighting up frets that correspond to various notes and chords, and analyzes notes played to determine if they are being played correctly.

* Steering System for Go Baby Go! – a team of biological systems engineering students Zainab Alsughayer, Emmie Johnson, Hannah Jones, Ravi Raghani and Jordan Verplank, for a project that modifies the steering system on commercially available child ride-on cars to increase the mobility of children suffering from various physical and cognitive disabilities.

The Showcase ended with the Order of the Engineer initiation ceremony, at which nine graduating seniors received their stainless steel rings and took the oath of initiation. Douglas Ehlers, a College of Engineering graduate and son of former Nebraska chapter leader Lawrence Ehlers, gave the keynote address.

Starting in mid-afternoon Friday, the Jeffrey S. Raikes School of Computer Science and Management held its annual Design Studio Showcase at Nebraska Innovation Campus.

Two teams that included engineering students were among the award winners:

* The Platinum Project award was given to the Spreetail project. The six-person team included computer engineering student Jakob Snyder.

* The Gold Project award was given to the WEX Health project. That six-person team included electrical engineering student Joel Mohrmann and computer engineering students Caleb Zatorski and Levi Amen.