Colorado State University to host virtual Engineering Days April 23 with NFL player, other engineering alumni

Students showcase their senior design projects during April 2019 E-Days competition at the Lory Student Center.
Students showcase their senior design projects pre-pandemic – April 2019 E-Days competition at the Lory Student Center.

What makes a concrete canoe float? How do you design and produce a golf bag entirely on a 3D printer? Can you detect COVID-19 from someone’s breath?

Learn about these projects and 100 more from graduating Colorado State University engineering seniors at the first virtual Engineering Days event on April 23 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Trent Sieg (’18), a CSU mechanical engineering alumnus who is the long snapper for the Las Vegas Raiders of the NFL, is scheduled to help kick off E-Days with other alumni, industry leaders and teachers starting at 9 a.m. The full schedule and all project summaries are now listed on the Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering website.

E-Days gives graduating students real-world experience working with industry and showcases the wide breadth of engineering careers.

The virtual E-Days event is free and open to the public, particularly for K-12 students and teachers who can engage in real-time Q&A with students on April 23 or watch individual presentations at a later date.

“Senior design is a great opportunity for the seniors to tackle and solve real-life engineering problems and put to practical use all that they have learned while at CSU,” said Professor John Petro, a senior design advisor in Mechanical Engineering. “The seniors generally first see the project at the start of the fall semester. The teams will have two semesters to understand the problem and generate solutions, then design, build, and test their best ideas.”

E-Days projects are supported by such industry partners as Woodward, Lockheed Martin, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Three Bean Industrial, Allied Electronics & Automation, Quorum Prosthetics, John Deere, Parker Water and Sanitation District, the Federal Highway Association, Medtronic and JUB Engineering.

“We are grateful for the support of our corporate sponsors who not only provide funding for the projects, but also contribute their valuable time to mentor our students,” said Anthony Marchese, associate dean for academic and student affairs. “In many cases, they even hire our students to work on projects that they started in their senior design capstone.”

Marchese will lead start E-Days moderating an hourlong panel discussion including Sieg and other engineering alumni, industry leaders and teachers (registration required for the panel):

  • Paige Frankl, engineer at Aktiv Pharma Group (’19)
  • Gary Johnson, president of the Surgical Group at Applied Medical, (’92)
  • Noel Marshall, senior account executive, Schaeffler Group (’12)
  • Camille Milo, student, Biomedical Engineering/Chemical and Biological Engineering
  • Kojo Otoo, student, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Scott Raedeke, teacher, Fort Lupton High School
  • David McLean, dean (’82), Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering

Typically, E-Days fills the Lory Student Center ballroom and outdoor plaza with student capstone projects across multiple engineering disciplines: Biomedical, Civil and Environmental, Mechanical, Chemical and Biological, and Electrical and Computer. The pandemic has pushed the event online this year.