Smarten Up Any Industry
(Fiske Guide to Colleges)
Students in the Spotlight
Drones to Replace Bees
Victor Cortez and his team took top honors at Engineering Design Day 2017 for their semiautonomous aerial drone that does the work of bees: pollinates plants, sparing farmers time, money and risk.Our drone has an automated 45-gram pollen canister that drops a precise payload of pollen over each tree and can pollinate 12 trees in one flight.
Superior Slide Staining
Danton Whittier and his teammates won best overall design at Engineering Design Day 2016 for their project that used an infrared laser, a semiconductor sensor and a graphical interface to noninvasively stain slides technique for Ventana Medical Systems.If our prototype were implemented into their existing staining platforms, the overall tissue stain quality could lead to better disease diagnostics.
Making a Major Shift
Jamie Vail, a 2018 senior, started off in chemical engineering, hoping to one day make ice cream flavors for Ben and Jerry’s. The UA Engineering Ambassador, who got her start at the University as a teen in the Summer Engineering Academy, switched to systems engineering during her third year and landed a job with Honeywell after graduation.I learned about how engineering applies to everyday life, and that’s kind of what got me interested in engineering.
Building a Better Battlefield
Elisa Duarte, operations associate at Visa and 2015 graduate, was on the winning team at Engineering Design Day 2015. Team members designed a robot to help keep soldiers safe by traveling ahead of them and triggering hidden explosives.This award means the world to me, because I know all the work that went into it and all the roadblocks we faced.
Interactive View of the Brain
Joseph Clark led a team of students who developed a VR system to view brain scans in 3D, allowing doctors to more effectively diagnose patients. They won the W.L. Gore & Associates Award for the Most Creative Solution at Engineering Design Day 2018.It’s a pure, open-source, make-the-world-a-better-place, play-with-VR project. What’s not to love?