EECS Seniors Showcase Projects to Faculty, Industry

By: Diana Riggs
Date: June 1, 2018

Every spring, electrical engineering and computer science (EECS) students at University of Cincinnati (UC) showcase their senior projects at a public exhibition.

UC faculty member stands with five JCI students in front of their table and project

JCI students & JCI coordinator Greg Brown

On April 3, the great hall of the Tangeman University Center was packed with teams of EECS seniors eager to catch the attention of judges and industry partners in attendance. Many teams clustered around their booth or hunched over laptops, making last minute adjustments before the team presentations.

This year, 92 teams displayed posters and demonstrated their projects. Every senior in an electrical engineering or computer science program is expected to successfully complete a two-semester senior project to encourage students to develop individual experimental and design abilities.

Supervised by EECS faculty members and industry partners, students started work on these projects back in August.  Teams can choose a research, software or hardware project, or any combination of these. Dorothy Young, EECS program coordinator, said, “The senior project is where our students get to demonstrate the design, implementation, and management skills they have acquired through their classes and co-op experiences.”

four EECS students pose with their project in front of their project display table

EECS seniors with their generator made of repurposed parts

Faculty and students were invited to the event. Every year, members of the EECS Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) are invited to serve as judges alongside as current and emeriti faculty from EECS and Engineering Education. IAB members work in industries that hire engineers, so IAB input is one of many ways that EECS stays connected to industries’ changing needs. Knowing what skills and innovations are in demand informs the development of future curriculum.

This year judges also saw the senior projects presented by the first cohort of students in the Joint Engineering Cooperative Institute (JCI) between UC and Chongqing University, China. These 45 students were the first group of seniors from JCI to spend their fifth year on UC’s campus in Cincinnati.

Four JCI seniors pose with Greg Brown in front of their project, Mechanum Wheel Vehicle Control Design

A team of JCI students with Greg Brown

Gregory Brown, program coordinator for JCI, recognized the cohort’s accomplishments. "The judges of the 2018 EECS Tech Expo gave high compliments to the design projects of the JCI students. Their advisors took much pride in these high achievements, and the judges acclaimed their projects' creativity and putting their skillful research into a finished product. Congratulations to UC's first cohort of JCI students on your huge success!" said Brown.

For more information on the EECS tech expo, please visit the EECS website