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ME spring 2024 senior design showcase
May 15, 2024

Spring 2024 Mechanical Engineering Design Showcase

Written By: Caitlin Scott



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ME alumni Tim and Tom Smart sponsored the inaugural ‘Smart Brothers Design Awards’ in spring 2024, pictured with ME Chair Darryl Thelen

Forty-six project teams made up of 187 mechanical engineering senior level students presented their work at the spring 2024 design showcase event earlier this month!

“The Showcase displayed a diverse group of projects (from Industry, Community Service, Research, and Student Design Competitions) that represent the diverse interests of our student body and the discipline of mechanical engineering, which is what makes this event so engaging,” shared course instructor and Assistant Teaching Professor Michael Cheadle.

Over the ten years that Cheadle has been running the course, the ME senior design program has seen incredible growth. This spring showcase featured ME alumni Tim and Tom Smart debuting the inaugural Smart Brothers Design Awards!

ME senior design spring 2024
Best Overall – The Rowbots
Madeleine Beauvais, Kristian Bacarro, Noah Foster, and Aaron Beckman
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Best Faustin-Prinz Research Project – Ethan Mohr
“Devolopment of a Na Solid State Seawater Battery for Renewable Energy Storage”
ME senior design spring 2024
Best Prototype – American Jetdawgs
Kevin Nuno, Sam Beffa, Ethan Burton, and Nick Nass
ME senior design spring 2024
Most Significant Impact – Bucky’s Bionic Runners
Jamie Wolpert, Caroline Gillis, Logan Fitzpatrick, and Nicole Salata

Special thanks to the project judges Tim Smart, Tom Smart, Lennon Rodgers, Jesse Darley, Jay Bowe, Joey Andrews, and Xiaoping Qian for their time, expertise, and appreciation for the hard work of our students!

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Featured image: The crowded atrium at the May 2, 2024 showcase event.