Design Review 2018-19

Join us for the 2019 Winter Design Review

Friday, March 15, 2019 from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

This annual event, held inside the UCI Student Center, is the second chance for engineering students to present their senior design project goals to a wider audience. More than 120 student teams plan to display their posters, outlining the challenges they propose to solve with engineering ingenuity. We invite faculty, staff, students, alumni and industry representatives to browse poster and prototype displays.
Last year's projects included a rapid-priming bubble-free syringe, beer-snob smart fridge, biometric hand scanner for curved door handles, gamified respiratory therapy device, concrete canoe, piano apprentice, solar-powered airplane, UCI Rocket project and many more.
Samueli School Dean Gregory Washington mentions that every year the quality of projects and depth of students’ understanding continue to improve. “There is a lot of cool stuff here. A number of our students are taking real chances and being truly innovative in their thinking.”
Last year, biomedical engineering senior Bien Gutierrez was inspired to develop an easy-to-use, quick-to-prepare bubble-free syringe from his own experience as a teenager caring for his grandfather, who had diabetes. When it came time to develop his senior design project, Gutierrez’s heart and mind were set on doing something that would make it easier, faster and reduce the time and cost of medical errors that occur from air bubbles trapped in medical syringes. “I had been a nervous teenager with sweaty palms, having to prepare and administer insulin injections,” said Guiterrez. “I knew there had to be a better way.”   
The freshman experiential learning class will also gather at Fall Design Review this year for its end-of-the-quarter quadcopter flying competition. Now in its seventh year, the Samueli School’s Introduction to Engineering class gives students a hands-on engineering experience. Teams of five to seven students will design, build and test radio-controlled (RC) quadcopters. Lily Wu, director of academic innovation programs, designed the course with Dean Washington. She says they added an online lecture option last year to alleviate student scheduling conflicts and because the class was becoming so large. She is amazed that she still sees new and different designs each year. “The students’ creativity is without bounds.”