Design Day Fall 2017

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!

Published December 14, 2017