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Student innovation and creativity to be showcased at annual Capstone Design Conference

An Improvised Explosive Device (IED) detector, alarms that notify you when a child or pet is left in a hot car, and a search and rescue mini-micro-mouse that searches for survivors in a disaster zone are just a few of the innovative and creative student-designed projects that will be on display at the Penn State Harrisburg School of Science, Engineering and Technology’s annual Capstone Design Conference, on Friday, May 5, from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on campus.

Senior engineering students are required to complete a capstone project, which combines classroom learning with real-life applications and is the culmination of their educational experience. In addition, students often collaborate with industry sponsors on projects of interest to these businesses. More than 50 projects in various disciplines will be on display at this year’s conference.

Doug Neidich, chief executive officer, GreenWorks Development, and Mike Gurreri, principal engineer, TE Connectivity, will be featured speakers at the event.

The schedule of events is as follows:

  • 7:30 a.m. Breakfast (Gym, Capital Union Building)
  • 8 a.m. Welcome: Dr. Rafic A. Bachnak, P.E., Director, School of Science, Engineering, and Technology
  • 8:10 a.m. Featured Speaker: Doug Neidich, Chief Executive Officer, GreenWorks Development
  • 9 a.m. Student Presentations
  • Noon Lunch (CUB Gymnasium)
  • 12:45 p.m. Featured Speaker: Mike Gurreri, Principal Engineer, TE Connectivity
  • 1:30 p.m. Student Project Exhibition and Demonstrations - (Educational Activities Building and Engineering Laboratory)
  • 3:30 p.m. Order of the Engineer Ring Ceremony (EAB 102)
  • 4 p.m. Awards Ceremony (EAB 102)

For information, visit the Capstone Design Conference website

The conference is supported in perpetuity by an endowment created by TE Connectivity.  Other sponsors include Fives Landis Corp, ASCE Student Club, ASME Student Chapter, Betts Industries, Coppermine Field House, Dr. Richard Ciocci, I.K. Stoltzfus Service Corporation, Penn State Harrisburg – Physical Plant and Maintenance, Operations, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Mr. Dan Massey, Mr. Kent Replogle, Plouse Precision, Providence Engineering, Inc., SAE Student Club, Siemens, Volt Vision, Inc., and Woodland Percussion.