Mechanical Engineering Design Day Spring 2016

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.

Design Day highlights the talents and creativity of mechanical engineering students in the Integrated Product and Process Development Course here in the department. 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, about 30 students interested in engineering from Baltimore City College visited and had an opportunity to engage with students, learn about the projects and get a closer look at the design process.

Built to solve selected engineering problems, the protoypes reflect what students have learned during their time in the department. They compete for the honor of “People’s Choice Award," a prize which includes having their names displayed in the Mechanical Engineering undergraduate office.

Visitors cast their vote for this semester’s winner of the “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.




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.

Published May 11, 2016