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Design Expo to feature standout student research

A gold and blue flier that details the date and time of the 2019 WVU Tech Student Design Expo
The WVU Tech Student Design Expo will return to campus on Thursday, April 25 from 12:30 – 3:00 p.m. in the Learning Commons of the Robert C. Byrd Learning Resource Center.

The free, public event allows students from both of WVU Tech’s colleges – the Leonard C. Nelson College of Engineering and Sciences and the College of Business, Humanities and Social Sciences – to showcase their senior design projects.

Drew Hiskins, a mechanical engineering student from Australia, is the secretary of the student chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and an organizer for the event.

Hiskins said attendees can expect to see a wide range of projects and demonstrations.

“They will see displays of buggies, planes, computer games and programs, plus research papers on a variety of different topics.

“It is really amazing to see how much variety is produced by the great students at WVU Tech. I have always seen something unexpected. It is hard to predict what might be at the Expo, but it is sure to be something new and innovative,” he said.

He will be showing his own work in the form of a research project he worked on for Boeing. He said he’s excited about the prospect of seeing other projects and exchanging ideas at the Expo. For him, it’s the most worthwhile reason to get involved in the event.

“It is great for other students and faculty to see what projects are being produced in other areas of the school that they may not see. Other students can benefit by seeing what projects students do. Many of them are improved and developed each year, so you can always join a club that works on a particular project year after year and get a head start,” he said.

The Expo isn’t just for seniors.

Dr. Yogendra Panta, a professor in the mechanical engineering program and ASME advisor, said students in every class can benefit from visiting the event.

“The most important fact about this expo is that it stemmed as a student-driven event, constantly making great impacts on our campus community. Freshmen, sophomore and junior students will have an opportunity to see what their colleagues and seniors are doing, get inspired, ask questions, make more informed decisions and prepare themselves for their capstone design projects or other research projects,” he said.

Hiskins said there’s also a good reason for local industry representatives or business owners to stop by.

“It is a great event for local industries to attend as they may see an opportunity to get future Tech students to work on a project with them. Students are always looking for new projects that will benefit the local community and industry. It is also a great opportunity to meet and talk to students who may be looking for internships and jobs over the summer,” he said.

Students who want to display their work or guests who plan to attend the Expo can register online at