Students finished the spring semester with a flurry, showcasing their skills and creativity at the end-of-year Design Expo and competing in various events across the country. More than 430 students displayed their inventions at the largest-ever Design Expo in the ITL Laboratory on April 26, 2008.
Rube Goldberg devices, a prosthetic hand, solar-powered products, hovercrafts, and a bicycle-powered water pump (top photo at left) were among the projects. The People's Choice Award went to mechanical engineering seniors who designed a rotational putter pendulum that closely resembles the putter stroke of a skilled golfer.
CU aerospace engineering students posted their best-ever performance in the AIAA's annual Design-Build-Fly competition in Wichita, Kansas. The "DBF" team's aircraft (middle photo) finished fifth out of 68 entries in the 12th annual event, which challenges students to design, build, and fly a radio-controlled aircraft, awarding points based on a design report as well as performance on a mission designed to test accuracy and efficiency in flight.
Mechanical engineering students, meanwhile, entered two national races this year. Buff Racing finished in the upper quartile at the highly competitive Formula SAE race in Michigan, while a second team designed and built an ultra low-mileage vehicle (bottom photo) to compete in the Shell Eco-Marathon at the California Speedway for the very first time.