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College of Engineering hosts Senior Design Showcase

The hallways of the Engineering Building are bustling with students and faculty members glancing at the rows of poster boards covered in research and surrounded by enthusiastic presenters.

“This is an event we’ve held every year for at least the past 15 years,” said Joan Hartz, College of Engineering administrative assistant. “It gives the opportunity to showcase our seniors’ hard work, the obstacles they’ve had to overcome and what they’ve learned in their time at Boise State.”

The College of Engineering will be hosting their annual Senior Design Showcase next Thursday, April 27. The Senior Design Showcase is going to feature 57 teams and 268 total students working on projects in numerous engineering disciplines. The showcase is open to the public, professors, alumni, employers and industry professionals who will be judging the students’ work.

Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering Lecturer Lynn Catlin emphasized the important role students play in this event.

“We try to make sure that our students are on a railroad track,” said Catlin. “We’re just there to make sure they don’t derail.”

The students participating in the event spend the academic year working with their teams and an instructor. During their final semester, they collaborate with industry professionals, as well as sponsors, to gain insight and funding for their projects.

Projects that students will be presenting include, but aren’t limited to, a passive radar system, a robot-assisted catheter and a mass casualty ventilator. Sponsors for various projects include Idaho Power, Scentsy and St. Luke’s.

The Senior Design Showcase will be held on Thursday, April 27 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Engineering Building. Faculty and industry professionals attending are asked to RSVP with Joan Hartz who can be reached at

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