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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 11, 2000
SDSM& T’S 4th ANNUAL SENIOR DESIGN FAIR TO FEATURE
OVER 70 STUDENT PROJECTS
SDSM& T’s 4th Annual Senior Design Fair will feature over 50 senior capstone projects from the various fields of engineering and computer science. The event will be held Tuesday, April 18, from 9: 00 am- 2: 00 pm in the Surbeck Student Center Ballroom. The design fair is free and open to the general public.
SDSM& T’s campus- wide demonstration of the design method showcases senior capstone projects from students in the departments of Chemical Engineering, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Geological Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science & Metallurgical Engineering, and Mining Engineering. Private industry and government agencies have provided external funding for some of the student projects.
“ The design method is an essential part of technology in which the creative process is used to develop a product or process to address an identified need,” said Dr. Sanjeev Khanna, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering. “ This campus- wide celebration of design showcases senior capstone projects from all the engineering departments.”
A sample of the projects to be displayed includes the following: Human power vehicle, Hurricane wind simulator, Design of Boeing 777 window, SAE formula racing car, Aqua cultural monitoring system, Auto tune antenna, Surface mine design, Keystone gold project, Pegmatite mineral processing using infrared spectroscopy, Manufacturing of ETBE, Ethanol recovery in Cargill's plant, Hydraulic design for bridge across Rapid Creek, Trail system in Badlands, Cleghorn Springs fish growth model, Design of prosthetic hip, Recovery of copper, nickel, and cobalt from ocean Mn- nodules.
The visitors to the design fair can interact with engineers in the making, SD Tech faculty, learn more about the engineering profession, expose their school children to engineering and the role of design in technology, and explore careers in engineering and computer science.
Understanding and utilizing the design method are important components of engineering and computer science education. Interactive opportunities also will be available at the Design Fair for attendees to learn about the senior projects, the role of design in technology, and careers in engineering and computer science. Graduate and Undergraduate Research Symposiums will be held in conjunction to the Senior Design Fair in the Surbeck Student Center.
For additional information, contact Dr. Sanjeev Khanna at 394- 6885.
It is suggested that the media attend at 9: 00 am for kick- off of the design fair, or between 10: 00 – 11: 00 am when President Gowen will be in attendance and available for questions.
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