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Students Solve Real-World Engineering Problems at Senior Design Symposium 2017

senior design poster session 2017

The Washkewicz College of Engineering hosted its Third Annual Senior Design Symposium & Awards Dinner on Friday, May 5, 2017 in the Student Center Ballroom. This event culminated the College’s Senior Design Capstone Course, a year-long course where senior engineering students worked in teams to develop solutions to a wide variety of engineering problems.

Many teams received real-world engineering problems, financial support, and mentoring thanks to our industry sponsors. A full list of 2016-2017 sponsors can be found at Senior Design Capstone.

Dean Karlsson and the Washkewicz College of Engineering was able to award over $10,000 in prizes to the “Best Engineering Projects” thanks to our gracious donors.

The event kicked off with a poster session detailing solutions developed by over 70 Senior Design teams. A total of 17 projects were nominated as finalists by their respective engineering departments, with only four being recognized as “Best Engineering Projects”.

Wiinning Teams

First Place $5,000

1st Place Winners

Project Title: Cam Compressor
Team Members:  Christopher Abraham, Kevin Calmer, Robert Miller, Philip Sesco & Timothy Watkins
Faculty Advisor:  Dr. Majid Rashidi
Sponsor: Entrepreneurial Senior Design



Second Place $3,000

2nd Place Winners

Project Title:  Transmission Substation Protective Relay & Control Training Rack for Engineering Lab
Team Members:  Charles Baskette, George Chaney, Aishwarya Gandhi,Brianna McKinney
Faculty Advisor:  Dr. Allen Mornec
Sponsor:  FirstEnergy Foundation

Third Place $2,000

3rd Place Winning Team

Project Title:  Barkless Friendly Dog Collar
Team Members:  Sami Alahmed
Faculty Advisor:  Dr. Toufik Aidja




Honorable Mention $500

Honorable Mention Team

Project Title:  Fluid Powered Walking Device
Team Members:  Ryan Doris, Donald Grimes, Daniel Miller, Robert Moody
Faculty Advisor:  Dr. Ton Van den Bogert
Sponsor:  Entrepreneurial Senior Design




Keynote Speaker
Joseph Kovach - Keynote Speaker

Joe Kovach, President & Chief Executive Officer of KoMotion Technologies offered words of encouragement and advice for graduating engineering students during his keynote address. Kovach offered the following advice to students pending graduation:

-Understand the prerequisites for Innovation: Structure, Resources, Process and Culture

-Always operate with a sense of urgency

-Never Stop Innovating


Photo Credit: Cyndi Konopka
For details about this program please visit: 
Senior Design.