2014 Design Expo shows off student work

2014 Design Expo shows off student work

Some of the brightest students at Michigan Tech came together to present projects that they’ve been working on since the beginning of the fall semester.

Formerly known as the Undergraduate Expo, the 2014 Design Expo was packed from wall to wall Thursday in the Van Pelt and Opie Library at Michigan Tech.

Students had the opportunity to display their projects and what they discovered from their work.

Mary Raber from the Institute for Leadership and Innovation said the event keeps getting bigger and better.  “It’s a celebration of all the work that our teams of done throughout the year. So we have over 70 senior design and enterprise teams that are presenting their work today,” she said.

The projects featured many kinds of products from auto body parts to snowboards.

Students are judged on a number of criteria.

“Well, we’re looking for obviously the quality of the project itself and the progress the students have made towards developing different products and developing different designs,” Professor Andrew Storer said.  “And we’re also looking at how they present the project and do they present it in a way that is visually appealing and draws the judges eye and shows the quality that they’ve done.”

One of the projects called Green Campus Enterprise, is a collection of teams looking to improve the ways the community consumes energy and their goals are very diverse.

“We work with Michigan Tech to determine the carbon footprint of the university as well as to reduce the carbon footprint,” Green Campus Enterprise member Leah Frick said.