Less than two weeks from graduation, some UNLV students seemed a bit more prepared for taking on the challenges of the real world, according to the Las Vegas Sun.
This year, 64 engineering students competed on 25 teams for the Fred and Harriet Cox Senior Design Competition — a biannual showcase of technological innovation and engineering acuity. The funds from Fred and Harriet Cox also give students access to the materials needed to complete design prototypes.
“When the program began it was a much smaller endeavor and it needed a lot of help and incentive,” said Harriet Cox, Fred’s widow and longtime supporter of the college. “The possibility of taking prospects to market and the entrepreneurship really excited Fred; it was in his blood.”
A panel of local tech industry leaders judged the students’ efforts, with nearly $20,000 in cash to be awarded. Best in show received a $4,000 grand prize. Prizes of $1,500 for first and $750 for second were awarded in multiple categories.
This fall’s projects included: an Intravenous Rapid Injector to administer anesthesia rapidly from within a vein to help alleviate patient discomfort and procedure time; a pedestrian bridge across Maryland Parkway to create a continuous flow of traffic for vehicles and pedestrians and reduce potential accidents; and a more accurate way for military and law enforcement to know the rounds remaining in a magazine using an array of magnetic sensors and a magnet.
On December 16, 2016, winners from the Fall 2016 Fred and Harriet Cox Senior Design Competition were recognized and awarded for their product prototypes that were displayed and judged on December 7, 2016. The luncheon event celebrated the culmination of their undergraduate years studying engineering and their work on this important capstone project.
The competition required students to work in teams across engineering disciplines to create a prototype.
“Engineering should be a hands-on experience,” Rama Venkat, dean of UNLV’s college of engineering, told the Las Vegas Sun. “Senior Design students learn by addressing the engineering challenge, but also from the real-world practicality of building a prototype and having to work in groups to solve a real community problem.”
Sponsors of the Fall 2016 Fred and Harriet Cox Senior Design Competition include: Fred and Harriet Cox Endowed Senior Design Fund, Switch, JT3, NV Energy, and Las Vegas Paving.