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April 28, 2023

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  • What: College of Engineering Craig M. Berge Design Day
  • When: Monday, May 1, 1-5 p.m.
  • Where: Student Union Memorial Center Grand Ballroom and University of Arizona Mall

TUCSON, Ariz.  – University of Arizona engineering seniors have spent the last year collaborating on capstone design projects for industry and university sponsors. On May 1, the 99 student teams will present their projects and compete for $47,000 in prizes at Craig M. Berge Design Day.

"Craig M. Berge Design Day is a story of remarkable student success and the ways engineers improve lives," said David W. Hahn, the Craig M. Berge Dean of the college. "Not only are the designs a testament to our students' technical agility and creativity, but the projects also show why the college's graduates are highly sought after in industry and government."

The student projects are as varied as they are impressive, including efforts to advance space exploration, improve quality of life for people with kidney disease and make agriculture more sustainable.

Design Day is open to the public beginning at 1 p.m. on May 1. The awards ceremony – in which students receive cash prizes from award sponsors, including a $7,500 grand prize – is from 4 to 5 p.m.

Many student teams are available for interviews at Design Day, including groups working on:

A full list of projects is available on the College of Engineering website.

Design Day is the culminating event of the Craig M. Berge Design Program, which engages undergraduate students in hands-on design projects throughout their undergraduate careers. The Berge family funded the program in honor of Craig, a College of Engineering alumnus who died in 2017.

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Media contact:
Katy Smith

College of Engineering
Office: 520-621-1992 | Cell: 520-271-3780

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