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FALL 2018

Tuesday, December 4, 2018
11 AM - 2 PM

Kim Engineering Building Rotunda
University of Maryland College Park


Design Day attracts a wide audience that includes the campus community, area high school and middle school students, family, friends, and anyone interested in innovation and product design.

Projects are judged by faculty, students, and industry representatives based on technical criteria. All visitors are encouraged to vote for their favorite project. The team with the majority votes is honored with the "People's Choice Award."

Interested in Supporting Design Day?

Become a corporate sponsor or volunteer as a guest judge!

Contact Heidi Sweely
Assistant Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations
301-405-2150
hsweely@umd.edu

Intralox has been a regular sponsor of Mechanical Engineering's Design Day event.

Past Design Day Events & People's Choice Winners


The Department of Mechanical Engineering held the Fall Design Day on December 5, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Kim Engineering Building. This semester, Design Day showcased 29 student teams, all featuring original product prototype designs built to solve selected engineering problems. There was a wide range of exhibits, from an umbrella that resists inversion through a truss-inspired design to an assistive cane that ifts small household objects.

Sponsors Intralox and Boeing helped the support the day's festivities. Intralox employees Matthew Fourney, Andrew Akers and Jeff Schwai attended as judges to offer their technical expertise and feedback to students.

STEM students from the Old Mill Middle School South, Baltimore Polytechnic Institute and McKinley Technology High School were also in attendance.

Design Day highlights the talents and creativity of mechanical engineering students in the capstone Integrated Product and Process Development Course.

Attendees have the chance to vote for their favorite projects, and the top voted team receives the “People’s Choice Award” and has their names displayed in the Mechanical Engineering undergraduate office.

Visitors cast over 220 votes for this semester's “People’s Choice Award,” and the top student teams were:

FIRST Place: Team Not Perpendicular (Catherine Demmerle, Kathryn Jahn, Hae Lee Kim, Bradley Martinis, Kyle Pritchard and Laura Shumate) with their project “Parker.”

SECOND place: Team O’Doyle Rules 2: The O’Doyling (Stephen Aaron, Jennifer Hendrick, Jordan Horwat, Dustin Murphy and Alex Smith) with their project “T.H.E.G.E.E.Z.E.R.H.E.L.P.E.R.”

THIRD place: Team W.O.C.E. (Steven Baskerville, Nyasha Carter, Cadeem Franklin, Mofoluso Koiki, Susan Ojo and Angelica Ukquoma) with their project “Carbon Dioxide Scrubber.”

Starting this semester, Design Day will offer a new award, the “Social/Environmental Design Impact Award,” funded through the Office of Sustainability and the Department of Mechanical Engineering. These projects are judged on the social or environmental impact considerations that teams have incorporated into their designs. Judges come from the Office of Sustainability. Each semester’s winners will receive recognition on a plaque to be displayed in the Mechanical Engineering hallway and a $100 donation towards a fund of their choosing.

Fall 2017 Social/Environmental Design Impact Award Winners: Team Save Chessie! (Zachary Ball, Eric Bazyk, Andrew Graham, Mike Johnson, Sean Thomas and Mariya Tymofiy) with their project “Chessie.” Chessie is a solar-powered, floating aerator that can be used to revive oxygen deficient zones in large bodies of water.

For more photos of the event, check out our Flickr album!

The Department of Mechanical Engineering held the Spring Design Day on May 9, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Kim Engineering Building. This semester, Design Day showcased 31 student teams, all featuring original product prototype designs built to solve selected engineering problems. There was a wide range of exhibits, everything from a horse jump standard that resets a fallen pole to a system that opens and closes windows based on current weather conditions.

Sponsors Bell Helicopter helped the support the day's festivities. Bell Helicopter employee and Mechanical Engineering Visiting Committee member Charley Kilmain offered some words of encouragement and kicked off the event.

Design Day highlights the talents and creativity of mechanical engineering students in the capstone Integrated Product and Process Development Course. In addition, the event offers an opportunity for regional high school students to visit the campus and experience firsthand what pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering is all about.

Attendees have the chance to vote for their favorite projects, and the top voted team receives the “People’s Choice Award” and has their names displayed in the Mechanical Engineering undergraduate office.

Visitors cast over 250 votes for this semester's “People’s Choice Award,” and the top student teams were:

FIRST Place: Team Journey on a Gurney (Alison Cleary, Alba Dalton, Jordan Hsieh, Christina Krueger, Nika Layton, Jeanette Van Sickle) with their project “GIRL-V”

SECOND place: Team Act (Dan Baab, Kent Druger, Arturo Meza, Pablo Sanhueza, Peng Wang) with their project “Autocart”

THIRD place (a tie): Team Fair Gates (Caleb Cook, Ahmed Hamoud, James Keenan, Grace Lin, Eric Mayo, Ryan Umagat) with their project "Double Door"

Team Spin to Win (Jaime Berez, Ryan Blum, Conor Briggi, Andrew Fein, Chase Manny, Andrew Montgomery) with their project "Hands-Free Snowboard Binding"

For more photos of the event, check out our Flickr album!

The Department of Mechanical Engineering held the Fall Design Day on December 6, 2016 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Kim Engineering Building. This semester, Design Day showcased 29 student teams, all featuring original product prototype designs built to solve selected engineering problems. There was a wide range of exhibits, everything from an actively cooled bicycle saddle to a fully automated fish acclimation device.

Sponsors Intralox and Boeing helped the support the day's festivities, Intralox employee Andy Akers kicked off the event, and along with colleague Matthew Fourney helped judge projects and shared expertise with students.

Design Day highlights the talents and creativity of mechanical engineering students in the capstone Integrated Product and Process Development Course. In addition, the event offers an opportunity for regional high school students to visit the campus and experience firsthand what pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering is all about.

This semester, 30 students from Baltimore Polytechnic Institute came and had an opportunity to engage with students, learn about the projects and get a closer look at the design process.

Attendees have the chance to vote for their favorite projects, and the top voted team receives the “People’s Choice Award” and has their names displayed in the Mechanical Engineering undergraduate office.

Visitors cast over 180 votes for this semester's “People’s Choice Award,” and the top student teams were:

FIRST Place: Team Toilet Tilter (Steven Gunter, Justin Layton, Tae Lee, Gary Mckee, Lucas Myers and Ryan Nguyen) with their project "Toilet Seat Tilter"

SECOND place: Team Wheels of an Average Temperature (Austin Baldridge, Christine Bersabal, Eli Griff-McMahon, Elias Gunter, Michael Houser and Delia Shin) with their project "Cooling And Responding seat (CARseat)"

THIRD place: Team Chill Dudes (Christian Germeille, Ellery Klein, Daniel Lass, Alexei Marqueen, Myuran Seharaseyoon and Chungho Woo) with their project "Spin & Chill"

For more photos of the event, check out our Flickr album!

The Department of Mechanical Engineering held the Spring Design Day on May 5, 2016 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Kim Engineering Building. This semester, Design Day showcased 30 student teams, all featuring original product prototype designs. A wide range of exhibits including everything from an automated pill dispenser with online scheduling to a robot that grinds up and ejects built up debris in gutters.

Bell Helicopter was the sponsor of the day's festivities. Bell Helicopter employee and Mechanical Engineering Visiting Committee chair Charley Kilmain (B.S. ’85) was on hand to judge teams and share his expertise with the students.

View more photos from Design Day Spring 2016.

Visitors cast their vote for this semester's “People’s Choice Award,” and the top student teams were:

FIRST Place: SkimReaper, SkimReaper Skimming Robot
An autonomous lake-skimming robot that improves water quality by managing harmful vegetation like algae and duckweed.

SECOND Place: Team UNO, Bath-Mate
A unique chair that helps elderly and disabled persons stay independent by making it easy to get in and out of a bathtub.


THIRD Place: Slumber Squad, cariad
An integrated baby travel solution that encompasses carrying, sleeping, and storage capabilities.

The Department would also like to thank our tireless guest judges who made this Design Day a success: Tim Arnold, John Danko, Charley Kilmain, Bill Leasure, Marvin Roush, Kaushal Shah, Chris Straight, Dave Sutton

In case you missed out on the action, photos from the event can be found here.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering held the Fall Design Day on December 8, 2015 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Kim Engineering Building. This semester, Design Day showcased 29 student teams, all featuring original product prototype designs. A wide range of exhibits including everything from a device that simulates a horse's walking motion for therapy applications and a hands-free sheet music turner to a window that can open and close automatically depending on temperature differentials and an automated tennis racquetwrapper.

Sponsors Intralox and Boeing helped the support the day's festivities, while Intralox employees Andy Akers and Matthew Fourney were on hand to judge teams and share their expertise with the students.

View more photos from Design Day Spring 2015.

Visitors cast a record setting number of votes for this semester's “People’s Choice Award,” and the top student teams were:

FIRST Place: Team TB(D)12, Gawker Blocker
A versatile, easy to assemble incident screen to be used by first responders at major highway accidents.

Team Members: Toni Davis, Keya Gemechu, Michael Goglia, Everett Gollomp, Josh Marotske, and Jeffrey Shaer

SECOND Place: Mean Clean Mugging Machine, VelocciMug
Robotic travel mug washer: Clean your mug while you wait in line at the coffee shop.

Team Members: Chris Cao, Joshua Dellota, Kyle Fennell, Alvaro Haesbaert, Kane Shim, and Dave Tarr

THIRD Place (a tie): Get a Grip, Wrap Masters
An automated device that provides a customized grip tape wrap for a variety of sports sticks i.e. tennis racket, lacrosse stick, etc.


Team Members: Richard Gill, Teresa Heuver, Julian Hylton, Kenneth Jarvis, William Poh, and Robert Walsh

Seal Team Six, Rapid Medical Emergency Response Drone (R.M.E.R.D.)
The R.M.E.R.D. delivers and dispenses medical devices to those suffering from reaction-based medical emergencies.


Team Members: Kyle Crandall, David Edelen, Joseph Holman, Sony Ninan, Furqan Qureshi, and Paul Romero

The Department would also like to thank our tireless guest judges who made this Design Day a success:

Andy Akers (Intralox), Tim Arnold, Les Bookoff, Bruce Dale, Matthew Fourney, George Halow, Barry Koh, Daniel Kurtz, Benson Kwong, William Leasure, Barry McQuay, Cara Monterosso, Mylene Motsebo, James Newton

In case you missed out on the action, photos from the event can be found here.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering Spring Design Day held May 6, 2015 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Kim Engineering Building Rotunda. Design Day highlighted the talents and creativity of mechanical engineering students in the Integrated Product and Process Development Course. 27 teams of seniors presented project prototypes built to solve selected engineering problems, with the top voted team receiving the "People's Choice Award."

Design Day Spring 2015 was sponsored by Bell Helicopter who provided a Texas-style BBQ food truck, and a recruiter booth where students could learn about future career opportunities.

View more photos from Design Day Spring 2015.

238 votes were cast for the "People's Choice Award," and the top five winners were:

FIRST Place: Testudo Trainers – The Spot Buddy

The Spot Buddy is an automatic weight lifting spotting machine that senses a user's distress during an exercise.
Corey Bloom, Will DeMore, Luke Hendrix, Kick Krochta, Yale Sosin, Vincenzo Vernaccio

SECOND Place: BabySavers – Child Car Seat Safety Alert System

A portable pad placed on a child seat that notifies the user to remember the child or if temperature conditions become unsafe.
Kevin Holmes, Trevor Niefrenforf, Kayla Park-Brouse, Tyler Schirf, Justin Turner, with special guest Vince the Koala

THIRD Place: RASFire – RAS Pellets

Recycled Asphalt Shingles (RAS), re-purposed for fuel needs.
Ian Bacon, Evan Cain, Alejandro Moreno, Iman Niknejad, Austin Sichling, Michael Xue

FOURTH Place: Screwdriver Modernizers – Double-Shaft Screwdriver

A screwdriver with a planetary gear system that increases rotational speed of one shaft and torque of the other shaft.
Xiang Zhang, Syed Samiul Elahi, Han Chen, Kendrick Daly, Cesar Atahua, Taiwo Agbebkun

FIFTH Place (Tie): Tidy Fingers – Scoop 'n' Spread

The Scoop 'n' Spread eliminates the messy nature of retrieving the small remaining contents of a jar.
Richard Henry, Danielle Khoo, Maximilian Kinsey, Alan Parvis, Akash Patel

FIFTH Place (Tie): Fans R Cool—The Eco Fan

Bio-inspired, loft wing design that sustainably creates a natural cooling breeze.
Thomas Delmont, Olivia Desser, Michael Garrison, Amanda Heyes, Ellen Kauffman, Joseph Steele


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