Design Review 2020-21

Join us for the 2021 Winter Design Review

Friday, March 12, 2021

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 150 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 Portable Fetal PH Analyzer, Wireless Pen EEG Device, Multifunctional Solar Updraft Tower, Beehive Health Monitoring System, Sign Language Translator, Magic Sleeve: Visions without Collisions, RadBlock, AIAA Design Build Fly, UCI CanSat, UCI Rocket Project, Astrobotics, 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, Fred Schreiner, Thales CTO, was impressed by the advances in machine learning and AI being used in different ways and the strong vision for helping disabled people. “I am blown away. It is so inspiring to see the creative minds, the teamwork, collaboration and good articulation of value,” said Schreiner. “Honestly, this is my first time here and many of these projects moved me; they’re just awesome.” 
 
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. “There were a lot more creative designs this year, with the students using the laser cutter and 3D printer to make interesting shapes for their body and landing gear,” said Wu. She is amazed that she still sees new and different designs each year. “The students’ creativity is without bounds.”