Last Thursday, the Department of Computer Engineering in RIT’s Kate Gleason College of Engineering presented demonstrations of senior design projects that were completed during fall quarter. All engineering majors are required to formulate, design and build mechanisms or equipment in an engineering discipline during their senior or fifth year of study.
What I found most interesting about Thursday’s demonstrations was the incredible variety of designs and the wide latitude students have in the projects they choose. One group created a digital pinball machine and another an automated golf putting system. Other student teams developed a wireless surveillance vehicle and an automated high dynamic range image capturing system.
Some of these designs may ultimately be utilized as part of faculty research or even commercialized through a business partnership. Others will just be cool things former students can tell their friends about. Either way, the process of creating something from an original idea gives students a tremendous sense of accomplishment while also providing experience that will be essential in their future educational and employment endeavors.
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