Student Design Day

Announcing the 4th Annual Engineering Innovation and Design Day Competition

Sponsored by the Anderson Engineering Ventures Institute

Who:  Undergraduate and graduate engineering students, and interdisciplinary teams with at least one engineering student.

What:  Poster presentations and prototypes of your projects – capstone, senior design, and other research and engineering projects.

When:  Registration opens Monday, January 8, 2018, and closes Friday, April 6, 2018.  Electronic submission of poster presentations are due Wednesday, April 11, 2018.  The event will be from 1 to 4 PM on Friday, April 20, 2018.

Where:  Main Engineering Bldg, on the corner of Warren and Anthony Wayne Blvd.

Why:  $2,000 of cash awards distributed to winning the top four teams, and an opportunity to highlight your project to visitors, faculty, and your fellow students.

How to participate

  1. Register to participate by completing the online form starting Monday, January 8, 2018. 
  2. Create a poster for your project using the downloadable PowerPoint template:

This is an opportunity to display your work to the entire Wayne State University community, so please pay attention to detail when creating your content. Be sure to use spelling/grammar check and to include quality images (posters will be printed to 36" x 24" size). Please see the poster examples below for a better understanding of expectations.

  1. Submit your poster electronically by Wednesday, April 11, 2018. All posters must be emailed to the Anderson Institute at

Your poster will be printed to the 36" x 24" size and displayed upon an easel which we will supply.

Requests for particular set-up (ex: electrical outlet, table) must be submitted by Wednesday, April 12th. Please include any special set-up requests in the body of the email with your poster submission. Special set-up requests are subject to availability.

  1. Attend Student Innovation & Design Day on Friday, April 20, 2018, from 1 pm to 4 pm. Judging will take place at the event, so locate your poster and be ready to discuss and answer questions about your project. A brief awards ceremony will be held at the conclusion of the event.

Posters will be displayed throughout the EDC Lobby and Ford Activity Center. The awards ceremony will be held in the EDC Auditorium.

Questions? Contact Beth Madigan. Email: Phone: (313) 577-1196

2016 award recipients

First place
Scalable Intelligent Air Quality Monitoring – a drone that uses Internet of Things technology to monitor air quality and pollution

Students: Pranav Chokda and Kamaljit Chahal, Electrical and Computer Engineering; Chris Gregory, Engineering Technology

Team statement: "We learned many things while taking on this endeavor, from the basics of IoT (Internet of Things) to Convoluted Networks, machine learning, drone programming and cloud analytics. There were many impressive entries, and we were honored simply to compete with our peers and friends. We can't wait to see what will be showcased next year!" 

Second place

Project Telehealth – an app created to measure vital signs of patients with chronic diseases and communicate with doctors

Students: Anthony Azzi and Jon Swiercyznski, Computer Science

Team statement: "We are very grateful to both Urban Science and Wayne State for providing us with this opportunity to learn and showcase our skills. The work was both challenging and difficult, and it feels awesome to be recognized by the College of Engineering as one of the top projects!"

Third place (two teams)

  1. A Leg for Brock – as part of their freshman biomedical engineering design class, three freshmen designed a prosthetic leg for a dog that could be mass produced for other dogs.
    Students: Tiffany Raetzel, Ammar Chishti and Darpan Sodhi, Biomedical Engineering
    Team statement: "Designing a prosthetic leg for Brock was a gratifying experience. We learned a great deal, and in the process, we were able to help a dog walk again."
  2. Automotive Control to Monitor Driving Behavior – an alert system that lets parents know if their teenagers are driving dangerously.
    Student: Bashar Najjar, Electrical Engineering
    Team Statement: "Design Day is a great learning experience that allows students to meet engineers from the entire College of Engineering to learn from each other. It was an amazing experience for me, and I sure learned from it."

List of 2016 Projects - view posters here

  1. A Leg for Brock
  2. Analysis of Low Impact Kitting Strategy
  3. Aquatic Gait Rehab Device
  4. Arduino Activated Barbie
  5. Array-Based Ultrasound Photoacoustic Tomography for Breast Cancer Imaging
  6. Automotive Control to Monitor Driving Behavior
  7. Auto-Techs Car Repair Facility in Nigeria
  8. Big Data Analytics to Predict Commodity Pricing
  9. Bluetooth Street Hockey Ball Return
  10. Carbon Fiber Chassis in Vehicles
  11. Computer Controlled Lower Limb Exoskeleton Ambulation System
  12. Dentin Bone Graft and Vascularized Tissue
  13. Diffusion of Innovation in Professional Networks
  14. Driver Drowsiness Detection System
  15. Fast Actuation for Exoskeleton Joints
  16. Fast Electronic Medical Record System for Transient Medical Teams
  17. Handcycle
  18. Iceless Wiper Blades
  19. Improvements to Interchange at US-23 US-12
  20. Improved Methods to Stabilize Dirt Roads
  21. Integrated Endovaginal Ultrasound, Photoacoustic, and Elasticity Imaging System
  22. Intelligent Sensor Node Deployment for Border Security Systems
  23. KDM Big Data Modeling Tool for Apache Cassandra
  24. KDM Business Model Canvas
  25. League of Legends Bible
  26. Make Your Date
  27. Market Basket Analysis With Graph Methods
  28. Memocatch
  29. Models and Metrics for Soldier Safety
  30. Multifluidic and Multi-Electrode Device for Brain Bioreactor
  31. New Interchange Design for US-23 US-12 Intersection
  32. Non-Newtonian Cut Resistant Neck Guard for Ice Hockey
  33. Prediction Analysis With Twitter Sentiment
  34. Price Comparison and Optimization
  35. Project Telehealth
  36. Reaching Aid for Spinal Fusion Recipients
  37. Real-Time Pothole Detection and Reporting
  38. Research on Instructional Technology
  39. 3Robot System Gripper Sensor Analysis
  40. Scalable Intelligent Air Quality Monitoring
  41. Six-DOF Dynamics for Fanuc Robot
  42. Spatially Explicit Integration of Life Cycle Assessment of Algae Cultivation With Wastewater
  43. Treatment for Biofuels
  44. Systems Engineering Workflow Modeling
  45. Thermal Signature Tracking System
  46. Turbo Encoder Module Design
  47. Two Way Communication With Baxter Robot
  48. VR Tactics
  49. Waste Exhaust Heat Recovery System
  50. Improving Proactive Coordination Between Emergency Department and Inpatient Units With
  51. Predictive Analytics
  52. Nanowire Sensor Applications
  53. Chem-E-Car
  54. Inverted Pendulum
  55. Ultrahigh Resting-State Functional Connectivity Imaging Using Photoacoustic Tomography
  56. Thermoelectric Car Cooler
  57. Heat Pump System In EV
  58. EcoCAR3 PHEV Thermal Management System
  59. Providing Instantaneous Heat to an Automobile Cabin
  60. Thermal Fluids System Design
  61. Fast Electronic Medical Records

2015 Award Recipients

  1. First Place
    Project Porta – an augmented reality motion comic book 
    Students: Michael Simons, Mary Desjarlais, Mahmoud Eraqi (all senior computer science students), Scott Kreutzkamp (College for Creative Studies student), Horacio Hall (College of Creative Studies student)
  2. Second Place
    Potential Energy Storage Floor Mat for Pedestrian Use – a fluid system used to capture energy from foot traffic
    Students: Joseph Pisani, Randy Mathiesen, Steve Murphy, Andrew Lozen (all senior mechanical engineering students)
  3. Third Place (two teams)
    1. Big Data Analysis: Predict Commodity Pricing (a General Motors sponsored project) - the infrastructure for a machine that can predict commodity pricing by leveraging Twitter as a big data source and utilizes an advanced sentiment analysis and taxonomy to determine market trends
      Students: Joshua Davis, Alex Czarnik, Maria Ferreira, Sravan Nerella, Mohammad Anwar, Zaid Nackasha (all senior computer science students)
    2. Outboard Boat Motor Service Tool – a hoist that allows a single individual to remove an outboard boat motor of up to 750 pounds from a boat loaded on a trailer
      Students: Andrew Skupien, John VanHouten, Jeffrey Meng, Jose Varela (all senior mechanical engineering students)

Projects by Department

Basic Engineering

Biomedical Engineering

Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Computer Science

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Engineering Technology

Industrial and Systems Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Student Organizations/Competition Teams