Welcome Letter From the Dean

Celebrate Craig M. Berge Design Day – Reimagined for 2020!

Nowhere is the ingenuity and resolve of College of Engineering students more pronounced than in this year’s Design Day projects.

Design Day is one of the most memorable events for Wildcat engineers. This year for the first time, seniors are using videos to showcase their designs. While the presentation format is different, the tradition of excellence is as strong as ever.

These projects are a testament to the technical agility of our students and mentors. With just weeks remaining to complete yearlong projects, Interdisciplinary Capstone teams had to adapt to unprecedented COVID-19 restrictions — social distancing, university facilities closures and online instruction. Final deliverables for a number of projects shifted. One team even pivoted to a 3D-printing process for protective face shields.

This Craig M. Berge Design Day is the story of remarkable student success.

Seniors are eager to share their video project presentations, which are very impressive and showcase their work so well. Our virtual award ceremony includes cash prizes totaling $45,250 include the inaugural Craig M. Berge Dean’s Award for Most Outstanding Project and the longtime award for Best Overall Design. Teams are recognized for developing the best systems for aerospace, biomedicine, sustainable manufacturing and energy production. Also honored are cyber warriors, exceptional leaders and champions of drone safety.

Design Day is a key part of the Craig M. Berge Engineering Design Program, in which all students get meaningful, hands-on experience throughout their undergraduate years.

We are grateful for the dedication and flexibility of program mentors, sponsors, judges, and staff – and tremendously proud our students’ adaptability and perseverance.

Please join us in recognizing the incredible accomplishments of our seniors and celebrating all the good that engineers do. Bear Down, and support our Wildcat engineers!

David W. Hahn

Craig M. Berge Dean, College of Engineering

P.S. Because students prepared their project summaries prior to COVID-19 restrictions, some descriptions in this booklet may differ from the actual outcomes.

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