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Engineering Seniors Set Out to Feed Elephants, Explore Space and Save Lives

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Engineering Seniors Set Out to Feed Elephants, Explore Space and Save Lives

April 14, 2022

University of Arizona engineering seniors have spent the last year working on design projects for industry and university sponsors. For the first time since 2019, they’ll be presenting 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 as varied as they are impressive, including efforts to advance space exploration, improve quality of life for people with diabetes, and make agriculture more sustainable.

Featuring nearly 100 projects and more than $46,000 in prize money, Design Day is open to the public beginning at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 2. It will be held on the University of Arizona Mall and in the Student Union Grand Ballroom The awards ceremony, in which students receive cash prizes from award sponsors, is from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Student Union.

Many student teams are available for interviews in advance of Design Day, including groups working on

See a full list of projects.

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 passed in 2017.

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