All are invited to mechanical engineering’s 17th annual Design Day. This is a unique opportunity for the community, faculty, pre-college and college students to interact with and learn what our mechanical engineering students are involved in, here at the University of Utah.

Design Day 2014

Tuesday, April 15
Union Ballroom
11:00 A.M.-3:00 P.M.

Cutting-edge projects developed by students
11:00 A.M.-3:00 P.M.

Freshman Design Competition
12:00 – 2:00 P.M.

Junior Mechatronics Competition
1:00 – 3:00 P.M.

Senior Design Showcase
(11:00 A.M.-3:00 P.M.)

Cutting-edge projects developed by students

Adaptive Motocross
Alpine Tetra Ski Team
Atmospheric Boundary Layer Research Rocket
Cancer Therapy Skin Cooling
FSAE Aerodynamics Package
FSAE High Performance Composite Monocoque
FSAE Performance Optimization of an Internal Combustion Engine
Grip Force and Wrist Position Measurement System
Helical Residential Wind Turbine
Home Firefighting Robot
Improved Rehabilitation Walker
pediatric prostheticParticle Flow Visualizer
Pediatric Prosthetic
Piano Foot Pedal Activation System
Radioactive-Resistant Robot
Rotary Rear Suspension
Sign Language Trainer
Skateboard Brake
Snow Sports Winch
Solar-Powered Commuter Vehicle
Structurally Bonded Off-Road Chassis
Sustainable Kinetic Sculpture
Wave Energy Machine

Operation Desert Hail: Freshmen DESIGN COMPETITION (12:00-2:00 p.m.)

A group of 70 missile-launch teams has been assembled in the desert to demonstrate their programming skills and compete for elite status. Each team will control an identical “ping pong” missile launcher, which they must program to hit a set of six randomly located targets on the ground. Teams must first use MATLAB programming  language to correctly identify the coordinates of the targets in a provided satellite image and transmit them to the microcontrollers onboard their launchers. The launchers must be programmed to autonomously aim, shoot, and reload. Points will be awarded for identifying and hitting each target, with time acting as a tie-breaker.

Mission Impossible: JUNIOR Mechatronics COMPETITION (1:00-3:00 p.m.)

A stolen microcontroller containing highly classified information is locked deep within a secure facility. Teams of three specialized robots will attempt to infiltrate the facility and reclaim the stolen microcontroller. Once a team enters the structure, a timer will start counting down and the team must get out before time is up. The first two robots must each perform a specialized task to unlock a door, enabling the other team members to move deeper into the secure facility and hold the door open for escape. The third robot must enter the vault and snatch the microcontroller without setting off the alarm; the team must then flee the facility. Thirteen teams will compete in this mission. Teams will be judged on their ability to complete all three tasks as quickly as possible.