Capturing the Senior Experience

From radar target simulators to off-road racing vehicles, USD’s senior engineering students are consistently working on projects that push the boundaries of technology and innovation.

For two years running, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, with the support of our industry partners, has hosted a GoPro Video Contest to capture video footage of the engineering students’ unique capstone project experiences.

Involvement in the contest is voluntary and all capstone teams are eligible to register for the contest. Here’s how it works:

In the fall semester, senior design instructors and participating corporate sponsors work with teams of senior-level students to define the scope of an established project —roughly half of our capstone projects are now supported by industry sponsors. The teams are given a year-round assignment to create a project from concept through fabrication, including tangible deliverables.

During the spring semester, the teams refine their conceptual designs and ultimately produce a final fabrication of a 3-D prototype. The GoPro Video Contest is designed to capture this work in action, with approvals from the participating industry sponsor. Teams must submit a two-minute (or less) video, complete with graphics, music and video editing.

Last year, projects from the 2015 GoPro Video Contest covered a vast assortment of exciting prototypes, including:

Radar Target Simulator — sponsored by General Atomics
Team SpeakEasy — sponsored by Clarity Design
Heartmonic Symphony — sponsored by Associated Students
Humanitarian House Building — sponsored by Amor Ministries
Solar Panel Cleaner

This year, a panel of judges was secured to select first-, second- and third-place teams. We are proud to announce the winners of the 2016 Engineering Student GoPro Video Contest:

Third Place: Hybrid Water/Aerial Drone – sponsored by Associated Students

Second Place: Prosthetic Arm and Hand - sponsored by Associated Students

First Place: Torero Racing | SAE Baja – 13 ME and 3 EE senior engineers, sponsored by Walker Digital Table Systems, Aruze Gaming, Silverfern Investments, Briggs & Stratton, SOLIDWORKS and Camouflage Equipment

Congratulations to all of the participating teams for the incredible amount of time and effort required for capturing and creating the making of their authentic, real-world engineering projects. And special thanks go out to our senior design instructors and industry sponsors for making these projects a reality.