CEAS Students Present Senior Projects at 2018 MET Tech Expo

By:    Brandon Pytel
Date: April 12, 2018

On Thursday, April 5, over 50 mechanical engineering technology students presented their senior projects at the annual MET Tech Expo. 

A student stands in front of a camera and presentation table.

An MET student explains his senior project.

Students at the University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS) must complete a final project their senior year. This senior project combines all the design and technical skills they have learned as a CEAS student and applies them to one exciting final project. 

Mechanical engineering technology (MET) students showed off what they came up with last week at the 2018 MET Tech Expo. The Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering hosted this year’s expo at the UC Victory Parkway Campus on Thursday, April 5.

Students have creative freedom to pick a topic of their choice and work either on their own or with a team. Whether it was a passion project, a partnership in the field or a part of a larger competition (like the several teams who created battle-bots), students applied technical skills to real-world situations.  

Some students even paired with industry partners. Mike Hawthorne collaborated with one of his cooperative education (co-op) employers, Electro-Matic Products, Inc. to construct a working frame and program for a laser-marking robot. Hawthorne has accepted a full-time position in Electro-Matic’s sales department.

Andrew Haufler worked with a previous co-op employer, Gorilla Glue, to reduce waste in the glue-making process. Gorilla Glue has already implemented his technology in its purifying process.

Other students paired with organizations in the community, like the team that collaborated with St. Xavier High School. The school needed a movable bulkhead for their swimming pool, so the capstone team designed and constructed a small-scale, structurally focused model to present to the school’s athletic department.

Whatever the project, the MET Tech Expo gave students the chance to invite family and friends, see other teams’ work and talk about their projects with professors and colleagues in an informal setting.