University of Vermont

Engineering Design Night 2012

Student-designed Mini Baja suspension

Over thirty-five Capstone Design projects developed by teams of civil, electrical, environmental and mechanical engineering seniors will be on exhibit on Wednesday, May 2, 2012 in the Davis Maple Ballroom from 4:30 - 7:30 pm.  In addition, the newly created UVM Fabrication Lab (FAB Lab) in Votey  22A will be open to the public from 3 to 4 pm.

The evening’s events are free and open to the public. Each team has worked with an outside company, non-profit, entrepreneur or community or on UVM School of Engineering research projects to undertake system- and product-design projects that address a variety of timely problems.

The 2012 project Partners include:

ARA – An improved UAV wind measuring system
Burlington Electric Company
Camp Ta-Kum-Ta
Department of Energy – An algae growing flume
ECHO – Interactive art exhibit
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters – A cold beverage brewer
GreenSea – A ROV test facility
Goodrich – A precise positioning mechanism and a compact energy harvesting system
IBM – A improved valve for semiconductor manufacturing
Idea Well Done – A portable steam cleaning device
MITRE – A radar based warning system for cyclists
NASA – A zero-emissions snow tractor, a ferromagnetic gyroscope and a microsatellite design
National Park Service – A solar water heating system for historic homes
Pedal Power – A human power mechanical and electrical energy source
Proctor Maple Research Center – A wireless sensor network for sap flow monitoring
Public Works Department of the City of South Burlington
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Vergennes
The Intervale Center
Town of Essex
Town of Williston
Town of Granville
UVM Baja – An improved front suspension for an off road vehicle
UVM Clean Energy Fund – An educational solar installation for Votey Hall
UVM Extension – A compact baler for small hops farmers
UVM Physical Plant
UVM Rubinstein School & Plant and Soil Science Department
UVM Transportation and Parking
Vermont Agency of Transportation
Village of Essex Junction

“Real-world projects require integration of student knowledge of engineering topics from several disciplines as well as original creative thinking,” says Jeff Frolik, professor in the School of Engineering.  “Each team has one or more mentors from the faculty of CEMS and other UVM Colleges, and most work directly with engineers and professionals from off-campus partners.”

About half of these projects are service-learning projects with local communities and non-profits. Other faculty members involved with the School of Engineering’s Senior Design program include Drs. Nancy Hayden, Steve Titcomb, John Novotny and Mandar Dewoolkar, also from the School of Engineering. 

Opportunities for 2012-2013

Interested companies of all sizes, consumer advocacy groups, industry organizations, communities, non-profits, entrepreneurs and faculty research groups are encouraged to suggest projects for Academic year 2012-2013 by contacting Mike Rosen ( or any of the course instructors listed below.

Mandar Dewoolkar & Nancy Hayden (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
Jeff Frolik (Electrical Engineering)
John Novotny (Mechanical Engineering)
Steve Titcomb (Electrical Engineering)