Quick Facts

Design Day Project Highlights 2021

Throughout the year, student teams design, build and test tools and technologies for their senior capstone projects in areas ranging from aerospace to electronics to energy to medicine. The breakdown by sector for the 99 projects for Design Day include:


biomedical projects


mining/ energy/ environmental


agricultural/ biosystems


space related


optics related

Design Day 2021

Design Day 2021 will be the culmination of a year-long effort by University of Arizona faculty, staff and 550-plus senior engineering students. Close to 100 experienced industry professionals, including many UA alumni, will help judge the 99 projects that compete for 29 sponsor awards and $46,000 in cash prizes.

65 percent of the teams were interdisciplinary, featuring students from several different undergraduate majors. The remaining 35 percent of the projects were specific to individual majors at the College of Engineering, such as civil engineering and chemical engineering. Out of the 99 projects, 56 percent were sponsored by corporate partners and 44 percent were supported by departments or units at the University of Arizona.

Number of Design Day Projects Over the Years

Interdisciplinary Capstone has grown significantly since its inception more than a decade ago, and Design Day gets bigger each year. In 2011, the event featured 60 student projects; in 2021, there were 99. In our peak year, 2020, there were 115. Projects sponsored by faculty researchers and university units have seen notable increases in recent years.

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