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April 28, 2022

Engineering seniors set out to feed elephants, explore space and save lives

  • What: College of Engineering Craig M. Berge Design Day
  • When: Monday, May 2, 11 a.m.
  • Where: Student Union Memorial Center Grand Ballroom and University of Arizona Mall

TUCSON, Ariz. – University of Arizona College of Engineering seniors have spent the last year working on design projects for industry and university sponsors. For the first time since 2019, they'll present their capstone projects to judges at an in-person Craig M. Berge Design Day.

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

The student projects are varied  and include efforts to advance space exploration, improve quality of life for people with diabetes, and make agriculture more sustainable.

Design Day will feature nearly 100 projects and is open to the public beginning at 11 a.m. An awards ceremony, in which students receive cash prizes from award sponsors, will take place from 4 to 5 p.m. A total of $46,000 in prize money will be awarded.

Many student teams will be available for media interviews at Design Day, including groups working on the following projects.

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:
Emily Dieckman
College of Engineering
Office: 520-621-1992 | Cell: 760-981-8808

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