Engineering students present technologies of the future

From hovercrafts to portable solar panels and alternative energy forms, Penn State Harrisburg engineering students will present 27 projects representing the future of their field at the college’s second annual Capstone Design Conference on May 3 from 8:00-11:30 a.m. The event is free and open to the public. Click here to register.

Developed in small groups as part of the students’ senior-year coursework, projects include:

  • An autonomous drone
  • A system for voice-to-Braille translation
  • A biodiesel reactor
  • A 3D scanner
  • An electric-powered motorcycle
  • A spokeless bicycle
  • Stair climbing crutches

See the Capstone Design Conference program for a full list of the projects with descriptions and presentation locations.

Kurt Slacik, division manager of operations support for ArcelorMittal Steelton LLC, is the conference featured speaker. One of North America’s top rail producing facilities, ArcelorMittal Steelton is part of the Long Carbon North America division of ArcelorMittal, a global steel manufacturer. Slacik joined ArcelorMittal Steelton in 2010 and has since assumed a variety of roles including management of Steelton’s procurement department, strategic planning, and budgeting and labor contract negotiations. The majority of his 25-year career in corporate finance has focused on the manufacturing industry, previously serving as CFO of Long Carbon North America and ArcelorMittal’s stainless steel wire division. ArcelorMittal is represented on the Penn State Harrisburg Board of Advisers.

ArcelorMittal is among several central Pennsylvania businesses have provided support to the capstone projects, including Philadelphia Mixing Solutions, Volvo, and TRANE. Area businesses interested in sponsoring a project for next year's conference can find more details and submit a proposal online.