College of Engineering to host second annual Student Design and Innovation Day

A virtual reality comic book, a floor mat that generates energy, Big Data to gauge automotive consumer sentiment, and a machine to lift heavy boat engines. Last year, these student-led projects took top honors at the inaugural College of Engineering Student Design and Innovation Day, aka Design Day. The college is pleased to feature a new set of student projects at its second annual Design Day on Tuesday, May 3, from 1 to 4 p.m.

Design Day showcases the work of Wayne State engineering and computer science students, from senior capstone projects to research team endeavors with industry relevance and quality-of-life implications. Projects will come from each of the college’s eight departments and combine technical engineering excellence with creative design.

“More than 40 teams are participating this year,” says Dean Farshad Fotouhi. “I know our guests will be impressed with the ideas and products that our students are creating.”

Through the support of the James and Patricia Anderson Engineering Ventures Institute, the college is able to dedicate greater resources to assist students in research and development. The Anderson Institute’s goal is to spur engineering entrepreneurship in Detroit with the commercialization of technologies resulting from student research projects.

The event is free and open to the public, but registration is requested. For more information, visit:

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