Welcome Letter From the Dean

Welcome to 2022 Craig M. Berge Engineering Design Day

Wildcat Engineering seniors take center stage at this pivotal event – now back in person!

Craig M. Berge Design Day is a story of remarkable student success and of all the ways engineers help people. With nearly 100 incredible capstone projects, 200 seasoned industry judges and more than $46,000 in prize money, we have much to be thankful for this year, including welcoming guests to campus once again.

Something for Everyone

Students collaborated in labs and workshops on systems to grow crops in space, and robots for greenhouses on Earth. They developed ways to make air travel safer, recycle lithium batteries, generate windmill power, and provide clean water on the Navajo Nation. Teams built tools to correct flat foot, help the hearing impaired, aid individuals using walkers, and deliver snacks to elephants.

Our students are thrilled to tell you about these fantastic projects, a year in the making. 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.

Please join us on campus for the Design Day Awards ceremony at 4 p.m. on May 2 to recognize the accomplishments of our seniors. And, if you miss anything, you can still learn about the projects online in the students’ presentation videos, which will be available following the awards ceremony.

Thank You for Your Support

Design Day and the Interdisciplinary Capstone Course are part of a lineup of competitions, maker fests, major-specific design courses, entrepreneurial and business instruction, and industry and community projects in the Craig M. Berge Engineering Design Program. The program immerses undergraduates at all levels in real-world experiences that integrate design, manufacturing and commercialization.

None of it would be possible without all the hard work behind the scenes. We are grateful to the students, donors, program mentors, university and industry partners, sponsors, judges, faculty, staff, and alumni who make the program a highly successful enterprise.

A special thank you to Nancy Berge and her family for their generosity, and to Larry Head, director of the Craig M. Berge Engineering Design Program, for his dedication to an unparalleled experiential learning program and design curriculum in higher education.

Bear Down, and support our Wildcat engineers!

David W. Hahn

Craig M. Berge Dean, College of Engineering


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