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Senior Design Expo Showcases Solutions to Real-World Challenges

On Monday, April 30, more than 600 students, parents, alumni, faculty, staff and industry partners filled the ballroom of the Donna E. Shalala Student Center for the Second Annual College of Engineering Senior Design Expo. The Senior Design/Capstone course is a culminating design project required of all undergraduate engineering students. Working in interdisciplinary teams and under the guidance of faculty and industry professionals, students designed and built solutions to address real-world challenges – including prototypes, new designs or new processes.

Sixty-six teams showcased innovative projects from across all five of the College’s engineering departments: biomedical; civil, architectural and environmental; industrial; electrical and computer; and mechanical and aerospace.

Joining the guests was a group of senior technology and business leaders who were judges for the Industry Impact award, given to a project with the greatest potential to change the world.  UM Board of Trustees Edward Dauer, H.T. Smith, Ana VeigaMilton and Ed Williamson also attended the event, and Williamson presented the award to a group of electrical engineers for their project to design a music recommendation list based on a consumer’s song preferences. The Industry Impact Judge panel included Jaret Davis, AB ’96 JD ’99, co-managing shareholder at GreenbergTraurig; Peter Iglesias, BSCE ’79, assistant city manager City of Coral Gables; Rodolfo Saccoman, chief executive officer with MATRIX Labs; Florent Salako, sr. academic program lead with Dassault Systèmes; and Joshua Siegel, chief technology officer with CareCloud.

City of Coral Gables Commissioner Vince Lago reminded the students of the sacrifices made by parents, significant others and the faculty and staff to their growth and development through the years of study at the U. He also presented Dean Bardet with a proclamation declaring April 30, to be “The University of Miami College of Engineering Innovation Day in Coral Gables.”

City of Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber expressed his gratitude to the students for using innovation and creativity to solve the world’s problems – especially sea level rise. Students in the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering worked with the City of Miami Beach on seven different projects this cycle to explore solutions to real-life issues and provide valuable insights into current problems.

“It is uplifting to see so many young engineers be so passionate as they presented their final capstone projects to fellow students, faculty, parents, alumni and industry partners. Meeting and befriending these student teams from across the College of Engineering was truly inspiring,” said Jean-Pierre Bardet, dean of the College of Engineering. “This event showcased all of the innovative and cutting–edge solutions our students are producing, some of which will lead to commercial enterprise in the future. It also was a great demonstration of their professional skills.”

Attendees were able to cast votes for the top project through an ‘innovation tank’ URL voting system, in which they were provided $1,500 in virtual seed money to invest in one or split among several projects. The top three teams with the largest investments were awarded a Senior Design Project People’s Choice award.

All teams displayed posters and gave presentations during the expo. Some also had working prototypes, computer simulations and videos. Cash prizes were given to winners in the People’s Choice category. The categories and winner teams:

Best Senior Design Project in Civil Engineering – Hotel Poseidon – Alec Jimenez (BSAE ’18), Chase Caruso (BSAE ’18), Leiana Maiberg (BSCE’18), Jennifer Black (BSENE’18) and Tianmin Hua (BSCE ’18)

Best Senior Design Project in Electrical and Computer Engineering – Room Resolve – Logan Riddick (BSEE ’18), Chris Novak (BSEE ’18), Tom Kelly (BSEE ’18) and Mitchell Traub (BSEE ’18)

Best Senior Design Project in Industrial Engineering – Optimization of UHealth Slot Utilization – Raquel Benatar (BSIE ’18), Yael Benarroch (BSIE ’18) and Sol Ani Botbol (BSIE ’18)

Best Senior Design Project in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering – Break-off Mechanism for a Space Flight Mass Spectrometer – Nicholas Hortance (BSME ’18), Danielle Coogan (BSME ’18), Mitchell Hamann (BSME ’18) and Marie J. Pape (BSME ’18)

Best Expo Display – Edge Robotic Car – Basile Bougenot (BSCPE ’18) and Samantha Gangi (BSCPE ’18)

People’s Choice Award: Popular Vote 3rd Place – North Beach Park View – Tal Ron (BSAE ’18), Yara Alweqayan (BSAE ’18), Waleed Aboaldouh (BSAE ’18), Michael Watson (BSCE ’18) and Maddy Hollowed (BSCE ’18)

People’s Choice Award: Popular Vote 2nd Place – Allied Trucking of Florida – Jacob Landman (BSIE ’18), Khaled Aldakheil (BSIE ’18) and Syed Azizi (BSIE ’18)

People’s Choice Award: Popular Vote 1st Place – Solar Powered Water Purifier in Remote Areas Without Electrical Grid Access in Somalia – Mohammad Bin Hajji (BSME ’18), Bader AlAwadhi (BSME ’18), Abdulrahman AlBader (BSME ’18) and Talal AlSaqoby (BSME ’18)

Industry Impact Award – Sonically Based Music Recommendation System – Michael Castellanos (BSEE ’18), Michael Batey (BSCPE ’18) and Tristan Blarel (BSCPE ’18)

Overall Best Senior Design Project for the College of Engineering – Sonically Based Music Recommendation System – Michael Castellanos (BSEE ’18), Michael Batey (BSCPE ’18) and Tristan Blarel (BSCPE ’18)

Several industry sponsors, including Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, Fortinet, Florida Power & Light and Ryder, funded the senior projects.

Congratulations to all the winners!

To view photos of the event, please click here.

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