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Annual UW Senior Design Symposium to Showcase Engineering and Applied Science Student Work

November 26, 2019

The University of Wyoming College of Engineering and Applied Science will host its 2019 Senior Design Symposium Thursday, Dec. 5, in the Wyoming Union.

Over 45 projects will be presented by students from various engineering and applied science disciplines.

The symposium is a time-honored tradition for the college to help feature senior capstone projects. Students may choose to represent their projects alone or can join up in teams with other students. Mechanical engineering and computer science projects will be featured as posters, whereas chemical and petroleum research will be presented through audio-visual aids in 30-minute increments. The posters and presentations will be judged by a mix of industry professionals and UW faculty members.

Projects include organic beer packaging; stem cell treatment for people with osteoporosis; petroleum drilling optimizations; and solutions for mobility issues experienced by people with disabilities.

Students put in hundreds of hours to prepare for the event, including petroleum engineering senior Michael Gardner, from Vernal, Utah, who is joined by Nick Brown, of Cheyenne; Dallin Call, of Grover; Isaah Parra, of Loveland, Colo.; and Jessica Walsh, of Peotone, Ill., for their presentation, “Dual vs. Single Drilling Methods.” Gardner and his team found the experience challenging, but he commends the opportunity to understand what it’s like to work in a professional setting.

“We had the expectations of putting in long hours and a lot of work, but what we didn’t expect was some of the roadblocks we encountered,” Gardner says. “This is where I believe senior design relates most to professional life such as contacting companies or making adjustments to the project path. I think this was really applicable to what we’ll encounter when we enter our careers, and the project taught us how to make quick decisions and how to maximize our time when it’s in high demand.”

Associate Dean for Academic Programs Steve Barrett encourages younger engineering students to attend as a form of experiential learning as they progress through their academic careers.

“We want to invite our younger students to come take a look at the symposium,” Barrett says. “This gives them an opportunity to see what’s ahead and even begin thinking about ideas they can begin to focus on over the next couple of years, so they’re better prepared when their turn arrives.”

The event begins at 8 a.m. and runs through 3:30 p.m. The departments will be showcased at various times throughout the day in one of three rooms: Yellowstone East, Yellowstone Center and Yellowstone West in the Wyoming Union.

The annual event is sponsored by Rocky Mountain Power and the Volpi Cupal FundIt.

Senior Design Symposium Schedule

-- Chemical engineering: 8 a.m.-noon, Yellowstone East, audio-visual presentations.

-- Petroleum engineering: 8-11:30 a.m., Yellowstone West, audio-visual presentations.

-- Mechanical engineering: 9 a.m.-noon, Yellowstone Center, project poster session.

-- Computer science: 1-3:30 p.m., Yellowstone Center, project poster session.

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