U-Idaho’s Student Engineering Projects Showcased at 20th Annual Design EXPO

Tuesday, April 23 2013

MOSCOW, Idaho – The University of Idaho’s Engineering Design EXPO celebrates its 20th year on Friday, April 26, with student presentations, project demonstrations and a keynote address from molten metal processing expert and U-Idaho alumnus Bob Wagstaff.

The free event is the Northwest’s longest-running interdisciplinary initiative featuring student innovations. More than 50 student teams will showcase their work in engineering and computer science to the university community, alumni, industry partners and the public from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Student Union Building. The keynote address follows at 1:30 p.m. in the SUB Ballroom.

The EXPO is the culmination of the U-Idaho College of Engineering’s senior design capstone program, which requires teams of students to tackle every aspect of a design or research project. Industry or government sponsors support most projects.

Student projects featured at EXPO cover an array of topics including alternative energy, robotics, industrial technology and software design.

The National Academy of Engineering has recognized U-Idaho’s capstone program as one of the best in the nation, highlighting it as one of seven top capstones alongside Harvey Mudd College and Michigan Technical University.

Larry Stauffer, dean of the College of Engineering, said the senior design and EXPO process give students real-world engineering and analytical experience.

“This makes them much more effective engineers,” Stauffer said. “The companies that hire our students attest to that.”

Wagstaff’s keynote address will discuss students’ transitions from the university to the working world from the perspective of an alumnus who still draws on his U-Idaho training.

Wagstaff earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering at U-Idaho in 1986, followed by a degree in metallurgical engineering in 1987. He has worked in metallurgy for 30 years and now leads a team of 40 molten metal processing experts from around the world for Novelis, an international aluminum company.

The 20th annual Engineering Design EXPO is presented by the Micron Foundation. Other sponsors include Engineering Outreach, BP Alaska, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Avista, The Boeing Company, Lochsa Engineering, and Power Engineers.

To learn more about EXPO and this year’s student projects, visit www.uidaho.edu/expo.
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Media Contact: Tara Roberts, University Communications, (208) 885-7725, troberts@uidaho.edu