Students to present, DeBoer to speak at Senior Design Conference

BROOKINGS – More than 190 South Dakota State University Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering students will present solutions to real-world problems at the 27th annual Senior Design Conference.

Fifty-three projects will be presented by 191 students at this year’s event, which runs at various locations in the University Student Union from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday.

Students will have a chance to hear career advice from SDSU Professor Emeritus Delvin DeBoer, who earned his bachelor’s (’78) and master’s (’80) degrees at State before receiving his doctorate at Iowa State University in 1987. He taught in SDSU’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering before becoming a special projects engineer with Advanced Engineering and Environmental Services. DeBoer will give the keynote speech, “Communication for Successful Projects,” during the luncheon.

There are 25 projects by mechanical engineering students, eight by civil and environmental engineering students, 16 by electrical engineering and computer science students, and four by agricultural and biosystem engineering students. Among them, 11 projects are conducted by multiple engineering disciplines.

Projects include:

• Design of powerchair terrain capability improvement

• Fluid power vehicle

• Recruiting phone app

• Battery energy storage system

• Raven nozzle control valve

• Sioux Falls main pump station replacement project for water reclamation plant

• U.S. Highway 16 Corridor Study, South Dakota

• NASA’s Deep Space Food Challenge

• WILBUR – autonomous pig feed sweeper

Typically, representatives of industry, government or academia provide the college with problems they would like students to study, according to Kyungnan Min, a civil and environmental engineering lecturer. Min and Jason Sternhagen are the co-chairs of this year’s conference.

Participation is part of the students’ graduation requirements. The projects take two semesters with most beginning in the fall and concluding at April’s Engineering Expo.

Students give 20-minute presentations to display their technical abilities as well as their skills in written and oral communications.

For more information on the conference, contact Min at [email protected] or Sternhagen at [email protected]


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