The graduating class of the Engineering and Computer Science department showcased over 70 projects at the Annual Engineering & Computer Science Projects Exposition in Gaiser Hall on June 7.
The department has been hosting this presentation for over 10 years. Engineering professor and exposition supervisor Izad Khormaee said at the beginning of the year each student or group proposes a project, then they have to make it, make it again, and make it once more.
“When you actually get to do it you find all the problems,” Khormaee said. Students have all year to work out their projects’ kinks.
A group of four students built an electric car called “The e³,” which stands for efficient, electric and earth-friendly. The car seats one person, reaches a maximum of 35 mph and can travel 50 miles on one battery charge. Inside, a touchscreen dashboard operates the lights and batteries, displaying battery usage, temperature and speed.
Hailing from West Africa, student Komivi Akengue built his own magnetic field. The field stems from an approximately two-inch-tall copper-wrapped cylinder. Akengue demonstrated its power when he brought an unattached fluorescent light into field range and it glowed successfully. The same system can be used to charge phones, oscillate fans or toast bread.
Khormaee said engineering is all about identifying issues in society and solving them.