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Engineering showcase to display students’ designs, work

The showcase will begin at noon on Tuesday. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo Editor

The 11th annual Engineering Design Showcase, sponsored by ArcelorMittal and the Department of Engineering Education, will be held Tuesday at the Ohio Union’s Archie Griffin Ballroom at noon.

Bob Rhoads, director of the multidisciplinary capstone program, said the event is open to anyone that wants to view the projects and talk to the students who will present their projects in the showcase. The event will conclude with several projects recognized as best in capstone design.

“After this welcome, the event will be open for visitors to walk around the ballroom as well as the Cartoon room to talk to the students and see the demonstrations of their projects in a poster-style presentation,” Rhoads said. “Starting at 3 p.m., the showcase will recognize several projects as Best in Capstone Design, concluding by 3.30 p.m.”

Astha Khetawat, a fourth-year in computer engineering, said even though she won’t be participating in the event, she’s planning to attend.

“I have never been to this event before, but as this is my last year, I would like to see what the seniors have prepared and worked hard on,” Khetawat said. “I am very excited and would like to wish the seniors the best of luck.”

Rhoads said this year has one of the largest number of capstone projects with more than 850 students presenting.

“These capstone projects are sponsored by over 100 different companies and organization,” Rhoads said.

Rhoads said the first showcase event was held in June 2008, and since then, the event has grown to include 200 Capstone projects and the College’s Fundamentals of Engineering Honors Research Showcase that involves 11 cornerstone first-year engineering projects.

“The purpose of the showcase is to recognize the student participants’ hard work and OSU’s College of Engineering collaboration with industry and sponsors to give our students an authentic experiential learning experience to prepare them for their professional careers,” Rhoads said.

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